Psychological need fulfillment as a mediator of the relationship between transformational leadership and positive job attitudes

J. Hetland, H. Hetland, A.B. Bakker, E. Demerouti, C.S. Andreassen, S. Pallesen

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore the possible mediating role of need fulfilment in the relationship between transformational leadership and employee job attitudes (job satisfaction and dedication). Design/methodology/approach – The two samples include both cross-sectional and diary data. The cross-sectional sample (sample 1) consisted of 661 employees from various organizations. In the diary study (sample 2), 65 employees completed a daily questionnaire on five consecutive working days, yielding 325 measurement points in total. The authors analyzed the data using structural equation modeling (Mplus 5) and multilevel analyses (MLwiN 2.20). Findings – As hypothesized, support for full mediation of the relationship between transformational leadership and positive job attitudes through the fulfilment of psychological needs were found both on a general level and on a daily basis. Originality/value – The paper is based on a multi study approach and empirically addresses the link between transformational leadership and positive job attitudes, and the role of basic need fulfilment in this relationship on both a general and daily level.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)464-481
Number of pages20
JournalCareer Development International
Volume20
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Transformational leadership
  • Job satisfaction
  • Psychological need fulfillment
  • Work dedication

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