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The Relationship Between Transformational Leadership, Empowerment and Organizational Commitment: a Mediating Model Testing


  • Azman ISMAIL

    (Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development, University Malaysia Sarawak)

  • Munirah Hanim YUSUF

    (Faculty of Cognitive Sciences and Human Development, University Malaysia Sarawak)


The human resource development literature highlights that properly implemented transformational leadership style may have a significant impact on the organizational commitment. More importantly, a thorough review of such relationships reveals that the effect of transformational leadership on organizational commitment is indirectly affected by empowerment. The nature of this relationship is given less attention in the organizational leadership models; therefore, this study was conducted to examine the influence of empowerment in the relationship between transformational leadership and organizational commitment using a sample of 118 usable questionnaires gathered from employees who have worked in one US subsidiary firm in Sarawak, Malaysia (ONEUSFIRM). Outcomes of Stepwise regression analysis showed that the relationship between empowerment and transformational leadership is positively and significantly correlated with the organizational commitment. This result confirms empowerment acts as a full mediating variable in the transformational leadership model of the organizational sample. Further, conclusion and implications of this study are elaborated.

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  • Azman ISMAIL & Munirah Hanim YUSUF, 2009. "The Relationship Between Transformational Leadership, Empowerment and Organizational Commitment: a Mediating Model Testing," Timisoara Journal of Economics, West University of Timisoara, Romania, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, vol. 2(2(6)), pages 101-110.
  • Handle: RePEc:wun:journl:tje:v02:y2009:i2(6):a04

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    1. Ashforth, Blake E., 1989. "The experience of powerlessness in organizations," Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Elsevier, vol. 43(2), pages 207-242, April.
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    1. A. K. Fashola & A. A. Akanni & C. O. Ajila, 2016. "Leadership Style and Perceived Organisational Politics as Predictors of Organisational Commitment among Civil Servants in Osun State," Journal of Asian Development, Macrothink Institute, vol. 2(2), pages 33-47, October.

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    Transformational Leadership; Empowerment; Organizational Commitment;

    JEL classification:

    • E58 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Monetary Policy, Central Banking, and the Supply of Money and Credit - - - Central Banks and Their Policies


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