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Authentic leadership: the influence of work and non-work domain contextual factors

Anita Sarkar (XLRI Jamshedpur School of Business and Human Resources, Jamshedpur, India)

Leadership & Organization Development Journal

ISSN: 0143-7739

Article publication date: 26 June 2019

Issue publication date: 26 June 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of both work and non-work domain contextual factors (meaningful work, mentoring support, family support and challenging life events) on authentic leadership (AL).

Design/methodology/approach

Prior to survey-based study, a qualitative interview-based research was carried out with seven senior leaders in India. In the final study, data collected from 201 senior and middle-level managers and 554 followers were used to examine the influence of each of the contextual factors on AL.

Findings

Results suggest that except mentoring support, all other factors have a significant positive influence on AL. The implications of the results for authentic leadership development are discussed.

Originality/value

This is the first study where meaningful work, mentoring support, family support and challenging life events are empirically examined in the context of AL.

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Citation

Sarkar, A. (2019), "Authentic leadership: the influence of work and non-work domain contextual factors", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 40 No. 4, pp. 520-531. https://doi.org/10.1108/LODJ-06-2018-0224

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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