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Leadership attributes and their impact on work-related attitudes

Noorliza Karia (Universiti Sains Malaysia, Minden, Malaysia)
Muhammad Hasmi Abu Hassan Asaari (Universiti Sains Malaysia, Minden, Malaysia)

International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management

ISSN: 1741-0401

Article publication date: 6 March 2019

Issue publication date: 11 June 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to understand the emergence of employee leadership attributes and, further, examine its impact on employee work-related attitudes in terms of the competitive context of higher education institutions.

Design/methodology/approach

A data from a survey of 245 academic employees in Malaysian public universities were tested and analyzed on the 12 proposed hypotheses.

Findings

The results reveal that the emergence of employee leadership attributes, independently, has a significantly positive effect on work-related attitudes. Specifically, executive leadership has a significantly positive effect on organizational commitment, career satisfaction and job satisfaction, while innovative leadership has a significantly positive effect on organizational commitment and career satisfaction. In contrast, adaptive and effective leadership is associated when explaining organizational commitment, career satisfaction and job satisfaction, while innovative leadership is associated when explaining job satisfaction.

Practical implications

Academic scholars/leaders in higher education should realize that the emergence of employee leadership attributes has a positive effect on work-related attitudes, such as organizational commitment, career satisfaction and job satisfaction.

Originality/value

The paper extends the knowledge regarding complexity leadership theory which explains the emergence of employee leadership attributes naturally and, further, provides empirical evidence.

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Acknowledgements

Expression of Concern: The publisher of the International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management is issuing an Expression of Concern for the following article Karia, N. and Abu Hassan Asaari, M.H. (2019), “Leadership attributes and their impact on work-related attitudes”, published in the International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 68 No. 5, pp. 903-919, to inform readers that credible concerns have been raised regarding the authorship and originality of this paper. An investigation is ongoing and is currently unresolved. Further information will be provided by the International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management as it becomes available.

Citation

Karia, N. and Abu Hassan Asaari, M.H. (2019), "Leadership attributes and their impact on work-related attitudes", International Journal of Productivity and Performance Management, Vol. 68 No. 5, pp. 903-919. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPPM-02-2018-0058

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