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Authentic leadership as a mediator between professional identity, ethical climate, citizenship behavior and political behavior

Libi Milon (Department of Educational Administration, Leadership and Policy, Bar-Ilan University , Ramat Gan, Israel)
Orly Shapira-Lishchinsky (Department of Educational Administration, Leadership and Policy, Bar-Ilan University , Ramat Gan, Israel)

International Journal of Educational Management

ISSN: 0951-354X

Article publication date: 11 February 2021

Issue publication date: 6 May 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the mediating effect authentic leadership (AL) has on professional identity (PI), ethical climate (EC) and organizational citizenship behaviors (OCB) and political behavior (PB) among elementary school principals in Israel.

Design/methodology/approach

Four hundred and ten elementary principals from various Israeli districts participated in the study. The research is based on principals' self-report questionnaires. The analysis focused on SEM using AMOS software.

Findings

Results indicated that AL fully mediates the relationships between PI and OCB and PB while partially mediates the relationships between EC and OCB and PB.

Research limitations/implications

This study could contribute to the design of an integrative model not previously researched, while exploring relationships between behaviors perceived as mutually opposite. This study suggested that to increase OCB and decrease PB, authentic leadership among elementary school principals should be enhanced by educational leaders.

Originality/value

The new model is likely to help school principals to deal with political behaviors while fostering citizenship behaviors during their work. Educational leaders may design professional training for principals in order to encourage the development of the positive aspects of OCB and PB.

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Citation

Milon, L. and Shapira-Lishchinsky, O. (2021), "Authentic leadership as a mediator between professional identity, ethical climate, citizenship behavior and political behavior", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 35 No. 4, pp. 741-753. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEM-06-2020-0295

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