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Songs of the self: the importance of authentic leadership and core self-evaluations for LGBT managers

Luke Fletcher (School of Management, University of Bath, Bath, UK)
Shaun Pichler (College of Business and Economics, California State University, Fullerton, California, USA)
Lakshmi Chandrasekaran (Independent Researcher, Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Journal of Managerial Psychology

ISSN: 0268-3946

Article publication date: 30 January 2024

Issue publication date: 11 March 2024




Based on authentic leadership (AL) theory and research on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace experiences, this study proposes that AL explains variance beyond transformational leadership (TL) in attitudinal outcomes for LGBT managers compared to non-LGBT managers. It is further predicted that core self-evaluations (CSEs) bound relationships between AL, LGBT status and outcomes.


A time-lagged survey of 193 LGBT and 218 non-LGBT (i.e. heterosexual and cisgender) managers was conducted. The first survey assessed respondents' evaluations of their leadership behavior and CSEs whereas the second survey, conducted one month later, assessed role engagement and career satisfaction.


Regression and moderation analyses revealed support for the hypotheses. AL seems especially relevant for LGBT leaders, particularly at low levels of CSEs.

Practical implications

Leadership development programmes emphasizing AL could be particularly beneficial for LGBT managers, especially those low in CSEs. Harnessing a leader’s sense of identity could help those who have been marginalized.


The current study proposes, explains and demonstrates that relationships between AL and leader outcomes will likely be different between managers with and without stigmatized identities, in this case those who are (not) LGBT.



The authors would like to thank the participating individuals for their involvement in this research, and to the University of Bath for providing funding for this research. The data from this paper can be made available upon request. There are no conflicting interests to report.


Fletcher, L., Pichler, S. and Chandrasekaran, L. (2024), "Songs of the self: the importance of authentic leadership and core self-evaluations for LGBT managers", Journal of Managerial Psychology, Vol. 39 No. 2, pp. 131-145.



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