Testing Behling and McFillen's Syncretical Model of Charismatic Transformational Leadership

John A J McCann*, Peter H. Langford, Robert M. Rawlings

*Corresponding author for this work

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    18 Citations (Scopus)
    104 Downloads (Pure)

    Abstract

    This study examines charismatic transformational leadership behaviors, follower beliefs, and organizational commitment. It tests the mediational relationships hypothesized by Behling and McFillen's Syncretical Model of Charismatic Transformational Leadership. Self-report questionnaires were completed by 178 followers, relating to 29 leaders in 17 organizations. Mediational analyses found that the follower beliefs of awe and inspiration mediated the effect of charismatic transformational leader behaviors on commitment, although not in the pattern predicted by Behling and McFillen. A structural equation model suggested that awe and inspiration, but not empowerment, mediated the effect of leader behaviors on commitment, with leader behaviors being most strongly related to the follower belief of awe, and commitment being most strongly related to the follower belief of inspiration.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)237-263
    Number of pages27
    JournalGroup and Organization Management
    Volume31
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006

    Keywords

    • Charismatic
    • Commitment
    • Leadership
    • Transformational

    Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Testing Behling and McFillen's Syncretical Model of Charismatic Transformational Leadership'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

    Cite this