This paper aims to investigate the relationships between empowering leadership, basic psychological needs satisfaction, work-related well-being, and project citizenship behavior.
Drawing upon the self-determination theory (SDT), a conceptual model was developed and then empirically tested using a cross-sectional survey of 435 project members in Chinese construction projects.
The results fully support the research hypotheses proposed in the study, illustrating the positive impacts of empowering leadership on work-related well-being and project citizenship behavior, the mediating role of basic psychological needs satisfaction, and the positive association between work-related well-being and project citizenship behavior.
This research determines the utility of empowering leadership in the context of construction projects, especially in enhancing individual outcomes (i.e. work-related well-being and project citizenship behavior). Therefore, construction project managers can apply empowering leadership to meet the basic psychological needs of subordinates to increase project members' work-related well-being and project citizenship behavior.
To our knowledge, the present study first explores the micro-level impacts of empowering leadership in the construction context. Additionally, this study enriches the understanding of the mediating mechanism between empowering leadership and individual outcomes from a self-determination perspective.
This study is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Project No. 72071201), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities in China (Project No. 2020ZDPYMS30) and Postgraduate Research and Practice Innovation Program of Jiangsu Province (KYCX21_2079).
Zhang, Z., Ni, G., Lin, H., Li, Z. and Zhou, Z. (2022), "Linking empowering leadership to work-related well-being and project citizenship behavior in the construction context: a self-determination perspective", International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJMPB-10-2021-0288
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