Authentic leadership and employee performance: mediating role of organizational commitment

Ali Hadian Nasab, Leila Afshari

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effect of authentic leadership (AL) on employee performance (EP) and to examine the mediating role of organizational commitment (OC).

Design/methodology/approach: Data were obtained from all employees (216) of tourism agencies in Guilan province (Iran) using a 19-item survey. In total, 173 questionnaires were returned, yielding a response rate of 80 percent. A mediation model was outlined and tested using structural equation modeling.

Findings: The results showed that AL had a significant effect on EP and OC. The findings further demonstrated the significance of the relationship between OC and EP confirming the mediating role of OC.

Practical implications: This study suggests that managers can promote OC and consequently EP by adopting an AL style. In addition, the managerial and theoretical foundations generated by this study can be considered a solution for improving EP.

Originality/value: This study contributes to the EP literature by providing a plausible explanation of the mediating role of OC in connecting AL to EP.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)548-560
Number of pages13
JournalLeadership & Organization Development Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Authentic leadership
  • Organizational commitment
  • Structural equation modelling (SEM)
  • Employee performance


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