TITLE

Do transformational leaders enhance their followers' daily work engagement?

AUTHOR(S)
Tims, Maria; Bakker, Arnold B.; Xanthopoulou, Despoina
PUB. DATE
February 2011
SOURCE
Leadership Quarterly;Feb2011, Vol. 22 Issue 1, p121
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Abstract: This diary study investigated whether and how supervisors'' leadership style influences followers'' daily work engagement. On the basis of leadership theories and the job demands–resources model, we predicted that a transformational leadership style enhances employees'' work engagement through the mediation of self-efficacy and optimism, on a day-to-day basis. Forty-two employees first filled in a general questionnaire, and then a diary survey over five consecutive workdays. The results of multilevel analyses offered partial support for our hypotheses. Daily transformational leadership related positively to employees'' daily engagement, and day-levels of optimism fully mediated this relationship. However, daily self-efficacy did not act as a mediator. These findings expand theory and previous research by illuminating the role of transformational leaders in fostering employee work engagement.
ACCESSION #
58540611

 

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