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Authentic leadership traits, high-performance human resource practices and job performance in Pakistan

Ali Zeb (Faculty of Technology Management and Business, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Batu Pahat, Malaysia)
Fazal ur Rehman (Faculty of Technology Management and Business, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Batu Pahat, Malaysia)
Muhammad Imran (Faculty of Technology Management and Business, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Batu Pahat, Malaysia)
Muazam Ali (Faculty of Technology Management and Business, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia, Batu Pahat, Malaysia)
Rawdha Ghareeb Almansoori (Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)

International Journal of Public Leadership

ISSN: 2056-4929

Article publication date: 24 July 2020

Issue publication date: 31 July 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

This empirical study aims to explore the linkage among authentic leadership traits and job performance via the mediating role of high-performance human resource practices (HPHRPs) in a developing country context. Social exchange theory and trait theory are widely employed in many disciplines but seldom applied to job performance among Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) employees.

Design/methodology/approach

The sample of the study is PTCL's employees. A cross-sectional design was employed and data was collected from 377 employees via questionnaire. This is an exploratory study; therefore, partial least square–structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM) was employed to answer the research questions.

Findings

The findings of this study revealed that relational transparency, directly and indirectly, influenced job performance with the partial mediating role of selective staffing and extensive training. Furthermore, balance processing, directly and indirectly, influenced job performance with the partial mediating role of incentive reward, while self-awareness, internalized moral perspective, employment security and result-oriented appraisal were insignificant influences on job performance.

Practical implications

The results of the study delineated practical applications for both the researchers and policymakers. The results of this study would also augment the body of knowledge on human resource practices in both developed and developing countries.

Originality/value

This study found and reported authentic leadership traits and HPHR as the main sources of job performance in PTCL. This study empirically examined the influence of authentic leadership traits on job performance with the mediating role of a bundle of HPHRPs in a developing context.

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Citation

Zeb, A., Rehman, F.u., Imran, M., Ali, M. and Almansoori, R.G. (2020), "Authentic leadership traits, high-performance human resource practices and job performance in Pakistan", International Journal of Public Leadership, Vol. 16 No. 3, pp. 299-317. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPL-02-2020-0011

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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