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Transformational leadership and career success: a moderated mediation model of proactive career behavior and role ambiguity

Swati Agrawal (Department of HR and OB, Bennett University, Greater Noida, India)
Sajeet Pradhan (Department of HR and OB, Indian Institute of Management Tiruchirappalli, Tiruchirappalli, India)

South Asian Journal of Business Studies

ISSN: 2398-628X

Article publication date: 28 March 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study examines the mediating and moderating role of proactive career behavior (PCB) and role ambiguity (RA) in the relationship between transformational leadership and subjective career success (SCS).

Design/methodology/approach

This study is a moderated mediation model with a sample size of 408 employees as respondents working in seven different organizations in the hospitality industry in the northern region of India. For the analysis of data, SmartPLS is used, and moderated mediation is done by Hayes Process Macro.

Findings

The results report that PCB mediates the relationship between transformational leadership and SCS. Also, it has been found that RA will moderate this relationship.

Practical implications

The result of the study on SCS will be beneficial for organizations facing high attrition. Also, the paper brings forth the importance of transformational leadership and the impact of RA on employees' career success. Leaders and seniors in an organization need to focus on reducing RA.

Originality/value

This study is unique since the relationship between transformational leadership and SCS has been examined in the hospitality industry. In addition, perhaps RA as a moderator influencing PCB and career success has been studied for the first time.

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Citation

Agrawal, S. and Pradhan, S. (2023), "Transformational leadership and career success: a moderated mediation model of proactive career behavior and role ambiguity", South Asian Journal of Business Studies, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/SAJBS-12-2021-0432

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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