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The relationship between coaching behaviors by situational leaders and new employee engagement

Michael Woodard (Wright School of Business, Dalton State College, Dalton, Georgia, USA)
Katherine Hyatt (Wright School of Business, Dalton State College, Dalton, Georgia, USA)

Strategy & Leadership

ISSN: 1087-8572

Article publication date: 2 May 2024

Issue publication date: 30 May 2024

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Abstract

Purpose

Research suggests that leaders influence employee engagement and their connection to the organization, their manager and their team. However, the influence of leadership behaviors on new employees requires further investigation.

Design/methodology/approach

This nonexperimental, cross-sectional, quantitative, exploratory study examined Situational Leadership II (SLII) behaviors, specifically the Coaching (S2) style and new employee engagement. New employees that had worked with medium-sized organizations (100 to 999 employees) for less than a year were surveyed using the Leadership Action Profile II (LAPII; The Ken Blanchard Co., 1979) and the Utrecht Work Engagement Scale-9 (UWES-9; Schaufeli and Baker, 2003). Regression analysis was used to determine the degree to which the SLII leaders’ behaviors explained new employee engagement. The research question and hypotheses explored the gap between SLII behaviors and new employee engagement.

Findings

The findings of this research indicated a positive relationship between the SLII leadership style of Coaching (S2) and new employee engagement. It is important to engage new hires in order to reduce turnover.

Originality/value

The SLII leadership style of Coaching (SW) was studied and in relation to new employee engagement. New hire engagement (those working for an organization for less than a year) is not an area that has been studied in relation to coaching in medium sized organizations and this article contributes to the literature.

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Citation

Woodard, M. and Hyatt, K. (2024), "The relationship between coaching behaviors by situational leaders and new employee engagement", Strategy & Leadership, Vol. 52 No. 2, pp. 6-16. https://doi.org/10.1108/SL-01-2024-0003

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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