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Authentic Leadership and Work Engagement

The Article, Published by Alok Kumar & D. Israel in Indian Journal of Industrial Relations, 47 (3), 2012, 498-510, 2012

The concern here is to understand how in organizations: a) authentic leadership relates to work engagement and psychological ownership, and b) psychological ownership interferes with the relationship between authentic leadership and work engagement.  Using data collected from a cross-sectional survey of 117 working professionals through a Google Docs based survey in India; regression analysis results indicated that authentic leadership indirectly relates to work engagement of employees through the full mediation of organization-based promotive psychological ownership.  The authors discuss the implications for theory and research and argue that authentic leadership theory should include context variables such as control and position power.