Transformational leadership and personal outcomes: empowerment as mediator

Creating and maintaining sustainable businesses require an understanding of the role of leadership in enhancing personal outcomes of employees, and of the processes by which they can be enhanced. The purpose of this paper is to report a study on analyzing how transformational leadership is related to followers’ meaning in life and subjective wellbeing, with psychological empowerment being a mediating variable.

Data were collected from 285 managers (69 females and 215 males) of a large manufacturing organization in western India. They responded to questions about their superior’s transformational leadership and their own empowerment, meaning in life and wellbeing.

It was found that Empowerment mediated the relationship between transformational leadership and follower’s meaning in life and wellbeing.

The strong and positive relationship between empowerment and meaning in life sheds light on making followers see greater meaning in life. Attempts to enhance meaning in life should first focus on increasing self-efficacy. If followers do not have faith in their own capability to do their job, it may not be possible for them to see meaning in life.

Dr. Venkat R. Krishnan

Organizational Behavior
Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai, India

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