How Leaders Cultivate Social Capital and Nurture Employee Vigor: Implications for Job Performance

Abraham Carmeli, Batia Ben-Hador, David Waldman, Deborah E. Rupp

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This study examined how leader relational behaviors (i.e., relational leadership) cultivate bonding social capital among organizational members and the way bonding social capital augments feelings of vigor at work. In addition, the authors examined how vigor enhances employee job performance. Using a sample of 209 participants in Israeli community centers, the results of structural equation modeling indicate a 2-stage mediation model in which leader relational behaviors are positively related to bonding social capital; this, in turn, results in feelings of vigor, which are positively associated with manager ratings of employee job performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1553-1561
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2009



  • bonding social capital
  • job performance
  • relational leadership
  • vigor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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