Authentically leading groups: The mediating role of collective psychological capital and trust

Fred O. Walumbwa, Fred Luthans, James B. Avey, Adegoke Oke

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Abstract

Although there have been recent theoretical advances in what is increasingly being recognized as authentic leadership, research testing possible mediating processes and the impact on group-level outcomes has not received attention. To help address this need, this study examined at the group level of analysis the role that collective psychological capital and trust may play in the relationship between authentic leadership and work groups' desired outcomes. Utilizing 146 intact groups from a large financial institution, the results indicated a significant relationship between both their collective psychological capital and trust with their group-level performance and citizenship behavior. These two variables were also found to mediate the relationship between authentic leadership and the desired group outcomes, even when controlling for transformational leadership. Implications for future research and practice conclude the paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4-24
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Organizational Behavior
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2011

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Economics
Psychology
leadership
Group
Psychological capital
Authentic leadership
citizenship
Research
performance
Financial institutions
Work groups
Levels of analysis
Citizenship behavior
Performance levels
Transformational leadership
Testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Sociology and Political Science

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Authentically leading groups : The mediating role of collective psychological capital and trust. / Walumbwa, Fred O.; Luthans, Fred; Avey, James B.; Oke, Adegoke.

In: Journal of Organizational Behavior, Vol. 32, No. 1, 01.2011, p. 4-24.

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