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The mediating role of competency in the effect of transformational leadership on lecturer performance

Nelly Nelly (Management Department, BINUS Business School Doctor of Research in Management, Bina Nusantara University, Jakarta, Indonesia)
Harjanto Prabowo (Management Department, BINUS Business School Doctor of Research in Management, Bina Nusantara University, Jakarta, Indonesia)
Agustinus Bandur (Management Department, BINUS Business School Doctor of Research in Management, Bina Nusantara University, Jakarta, Indonesia)
Elidjen Elidjen (Management Department, BINUS Business School Doctor of Research in Management, Bina Nusantara University, Jakarta, Indonesia)

International Journal of Educational Management

ISSN: 0951-354X

Article publication date: 12 January 2024

Issue publication date: 6 March 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

The major purpose of this paper is to examine the mediating role of job competency in the effect of transformational leadership to performance of university lecturers. This article also attempts to examine the direct effect of transformational leadership on job competency and lecturer performance.

Design/methodology/approach

For the purpose of the study, quantitative research was applied by conducting an empirical survey with the active participation of 223 lecturers. The survey was conducted in ten high-ranked private universities in Jakarta, Indonesia. Structural equation modeling (SEM) was employed for the measurement and structural model analyses.

Findings

The results reveal that the effect of transformational leadership on lecturer performance is expressed only by indirect effect (through lecturer competency). Even though transformational leadership has a positive direct effect on lecturer performance, it is not statistically significant. This paper highlights the crucial role of lecturer competency in the performance of academic scholars. The findings suggest transformational leadership is fundamental in fostering competencies, which, in turn, improve the work performance of university lecturers.

Originality/value

This study makes significant contributions to the understanding of the interaction between transformational leadership and performance in higher education, and the statistical significance of lecturer work competency in mediating this relationship. The results of this study provide a snapshot of the contextual mechanism linking transformational leadership and lecturer performance.

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Citation

Nelly, N., Prabowo, H., Bandur, A. and Elidjen, E. (2024), "The mediating role of competency in the effect of transformational leadership on lecturer performance", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 38 No. 2, pp. 333-354. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEM-06-2023-0275

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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