Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A phenomenological exploration of followers' well-being as influenced by their authentic leaders
by Meyer, Nanette R., Ph.D., Capella University, 2016, 271; 10164298
Abstract (Summary)

This transcendental phenomenological study sought to understand how the followers of authentic leaders in a multi-national healthcare organization experienced well-being. Twenty followers of 5 authentic leaders participated in the research and shared their lived experiences. Followers reported they experienced workplace well-being by maintaining work-life balance, feeling fulfilled/doing meaningful work, and feeling appreciated/recognized for their contributions. Workplace well-being was experienced as a result of their perceptions of feeling trusted and cared about as a whole being and not just an employee by their leaders. Followers also reported that the organizational culture provided support for leaders to demonstrate behaviors of authentic leadership, caring, trust, appreciation, respect, valuing others, openness, honesty, and transparency, which led them to feel an attachment to their leaders and organizations. Followers were motivated to exhibit organizational citizenship behaviors by providing extra or discretionary effort beyond their expected role requirements. These findings indicate that authentic leaders can provide value by cultivating well-being in the workplace. Findings also suggest recommendations for establishing organizational best practices.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Robbins, Shelley
Commitee: Forbes, Judith L., Herr, John
School: Capella University
Department: School of Business and Technology
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 78/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Authentic leadership, Caring, Followers, Organizational culture, Work-life balance, Workplace well-being
Publication Number: 10164298
ISBN: 978-1-369-18852-3
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