Authentic leadership and job satisfaction: A quantitative examination of the mediating effects of authentic followership in the us registered nursing community

by Chapman, Thomas R., Iii, Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2016, 141 pages; 10246474


This study provides an understanding and the influence of authentic followers in the nursing community as a mediating factor between authentic leadership and job satisfaction. More specifically, an examination of the theoretical framework that relates authentic leadership and authentic followership as measured by Avolio and Gardner’s (2008) Authentic Leadership Questionnaire to job satisfaction as measured by the Global Job Satisfaction Survey in registered nurses (Judge & Klinger, 2008) is reported. Scholars have called for research into how authentic leaders and authentic followers work together in creating an authentic environment and positive outcomes. The research design used quantitative non-experimental exploratory predictive modeling research study using partial least squares (PLS) structural equation modeling (SEM) research design with multiple surveys. The population of this study comes from three million registered nurses in the United States. A sample of 100 nurses was used in the study. The data analysis used structural equation modeling to examine four constructs in authentic leadership and authentic followership, and one construct to examine job satisfaction. The results showed authentic followership partially mediated the relationship between authentic leadership and job satisfaction. Additionally, significant relationships between authentic leadership and authentic followership were discovered.

AdviserSusan Miller
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsBehavioral psychology; Management; Organization theory
Publication Number10246474

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