INFLUENCE OF AUTHENTIC LEADERSHIP ON ORGANIZATIONAL TRUST: THE MEDIATORY ROLE OF ORGANIZATIONAL COMMITMENT
Prior studies indicate that a leaders’ authenticity has a positive effect on organizational trust (OT). However, the place of organizational commitment (OC) in this relationship has not been well established. This study assesses the role played by OC as a mediator on the nexus between authentic leadership (AL) and OT. Participants were drawn from Local Government Council employees in three states in Southern Nigeria. A structured questionnaire was administered to three hundred and twenty-eight respondents selected using a purposive sampling technique. Structural equation modeling results indicate that OT was positive and significantly related to AL and OC respectively. Also, AL was positive and significantly related to OC. Furthermore, OC partially mediates the relationship linking AL and OT. The study recommends that organizational leadership should develop a high level of trust and commitment among organizational members, as this has serious implications for growth and productivity in today’s organizations. In terms of building theories, the study suggests that mediators like OC be added to new theories.
Keywords: Organization, Relationship, Growth, Exploratory Factor Analysis, Path Diagram, Structural Equation Model.
Copyright (c) 2023 Emmanuel Ejiroghene Aruoren (Ph.D) , Emmanuel Mitaire Tarurhor (Ph.D)
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