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Transformational leadership and well-being: The mediating role of trust in leadership, meaningfulness and job satisfaction
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Psychology. Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this research study is to explore the mechanisms involved in the relationship between transformational leadership style and employee well-being in the workplace. Previous evidence has shown that transformational leadership is linked with employee well-being. However, it is not clear whether transformational leadership have an indirect effect on employees work environment, and that this subsequently meditates that relationship. A theory driven model was tested by applying a parallel multiple mediation anlysis. This was conducted on a cross-sectional data sample of 82 employees working in a public psychiatric hospital in Sweden. The results indicated that transformational leadership and employee well-being is correlated, and that job satisfaction indirectly mediated this relationship. However, contrary to previous studies, the results did not indicated that transformational leadership had an indirect effect on employees’ wellbeing, though, its effect on trust in leadership and employees’ sense of meaning in work. Theoretical and practical contributions as well as limitations of the research study are discussed.


Abstract [sv]

Syftet med denna studie är att undersöka de mekanismer som är involverade i relationen mellan transformativt ledarskap stil och anställdas välbefinnande på arbetsplatsen. Tidigare forskning har visat att transformativt ledarskap är relaterat till anställdas välbefinnande. Det är dock oklart om transformativt ledarskap har en indirekt effekt på de anställdas arbetsmiljö, och att detta därefter medierar detta förhållande. En teori styrd modell testades genom att utföra en parallell multipel medierings analys. Detta genomfördes på ett urval av 82 anställda som arbetar i ett offentligt psykiatriskt sjukhus i Sverige. Resultaten visade att transformativt ledarskap stil och anställdas välbefinnande är korrelerade, och att arbetstillfredsställelse indirekt förmedlad detta förhållande. Tvärtemot tidigare studier, så indikerade resultatet att transformativt ledarskap hade inte en indirekt effekt på de anställdas välbefinnande med dess inverkan på förtroendet för ledarskap och anställdas känsla av mening i arbetet. Teoretiska och praktiska bidrag samt begränsningar av forskningsstudien diskuteras.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 30 p.
Keyword [en]
transformational leadership, well-being, psychosocial work environment, trust in management, meaningfulness, job satisfaction
Keyword [sv]
transformativt ledarskap, välbefinnande, psykosocial arbetsmiljö, förtroende för ledningen, meningsfullhet, arbetstillfredsställelse
National Category
Applied Psychology
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-44962OAI: diva2:824910
Educational program
Psychology, work and organizational psychology, Master Programme, 120 credits
Available from: 2015-08-11 Created: 2015-06-22 Last updated: 2015-08-11Bibliographically approved

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