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

Jørn Hetland*, Hilde Hetland, Arnold B. Bakker, Evangelia Demerouti, Cecilie S. Andreassen, Ståle 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 pages18
JournalCareer Development International
Volume20
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sept 2015

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