Authentic Leadership Affecting Subordinate Job Attitudes
And Intentions: The Case Of The CPA Profession
Elad Kalay, Dr. Yael Brender-Ilan & Prof. Jeffrey Kantor
The article was presented at the 2016 AOM (Academy Of Management) Annual Conference at Anaheim, California.
In recent years there has been a growing scholarly interest in authentic leadership, a leadership style that fosters positive psychological capacities and a positive ethical climate (Walumbwa, Avolio, Gardner, Wernsing & Peterson, 2008). This study focuses on the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) profession, which is known for its 'pressure cooker' environment. We examined if CPA managers exhibiting an authentic leadership style were capable of strengthening the commitment of their subordinates and, at the same time, reducing role-stress and intentions to leave. The hypotheses were tested on a sample of 512 CPAs in Israel using Sequential Equation Modelling (SEM). Results revealed that perceived authentic leadership was negatively related to role-conflicts and role-ambiguity, directly and through the mediation of affective commitment. In addition, the negative correlation between authentic leadership and intention to leave was fully mediated by affective commitment. Limitation and Applications for organizations are discussed.
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