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An Exploration of the Relationship Between Leader Authenticity and Trust
by Donahue, Patrick, Ph.D., Indiana Wesleyan University, 2018, 172; 13421666
Abstract (Summary)

The effect that leaders have on followers has been a popular research topic for the past several years. This study explored the relationship between leader authenticity and trust by utilizing the theory-based measure of authentic leadership which is often characterized by the multidimensional model of the Authentic Leadership Construct. Two measures were used to describe this relationship: (1) The Authentic Leadership Questionnaire (ALQ), which measures a leader’s self-awareness, relational transparency, internalized moral perspective, and balanced processing, and (2) the Trust Scale (TS) which measures trust by assessing the elements of ability, benevolence, and integrity. A group of two hundred thirty high-potential associates was recruited from the Danaher Corporation for this study. The study employed a mixed method, with survey questions and interviews as the quantitative and qualitative methods used, respectively. The quantitative portion of the study showed a clear relationship between leader authenticity and trust. Statistically significant correlations were found between the overall and subscales of leader authenticity and trust. The qualitative portion of the study revealed deeper insights into the relationship between leader authenticity and trust. The two major themes that emerged from the qualitative analysis correlating leader authenticity and trust were leader consistency and humility.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Linville, Michael
Commitee: Livingston, Scott, McNaught, Jay
School: Indiana Wesleyan University
Department: Organizational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 80/04(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Educational leadership, Management, Personality psychology
Keywords: Authentic leadership questionnaire, Authenticity, Danaher corporation, Trust, Trust scale
Publication Number: 13421666
ISBN: 978-0-438-71249-2
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