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Authentic leadership and employee performance: mediating role of organizational commitment

Ali Hadian Nasab (University of Guilan, Rasht, Islamic Republic of Iran)
Leila Afshari (Department of Management, Sport, and Tourism, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia)

Leadership & Organization Development Journal

ISSN: 0143-7739

Article publication date: 28 June 2019

Issue publication date: 31 July 2019




The purpose of this paper is to investigate the effect of authentic leadership (AL) on employee performance (EP) and to examine the mediating role of organizational commitment (OC).


Data were obtained from all employees (216) of tourism agencies in Guilan province (Iran) using a 19-item survey. In total, 173 questionnaires were returned, yielding a response rate of 80 percent. A mediation model was outlined and tested using structural equation modeling.


The results showed that AL had a significant effect on EP and OC. The findings further demonstrated the significance of the relationship between OC and EP confirming the mediating role of OC.

Practical implications

This study suggests that managers can promote OC and consequently EP by adopting an AL style. In addition, the managerial and theoretical foundations generated by this study can be considered a solution for improving EP.


This study contributes to the EP literature by providing a plausible explanation of the mediating role of OC in connecting AL to EP.



Hadian Nasab, A. and Afshari, L. (2019), "Authentic leadership and employee performance: mediating role of organizational commitment", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 40 No. 5, pp. 548-560.



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