Start with why: The transfer of work meaningfulness from leaders to followers and the role of dyadic tenure

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract Leaders are expected to enhance the work meaningfulness of followers, but little insight exists on the role of leaders' own experience of meaningfulness in that process. We propose a leader–follower transfer model of work meaningfulness through visionary leadership, grounded in self-concept-based theory, in which leader–follower dyadic tenure shapes the effects of visionary leadership on followers. Moreover, we suggest that work meaningfulness can enhance followers' goal achievement and reduce turnover intentions. We tested and confirmed our moderated-mediation model in two independent, multisource, multilevel field data sets of 79 mid-level leaders and 871 employees in Study 1 and 68 CEOs and 596 mid-level leaders in Study 2. We also empirically ruled out a series of alternative transfer mechanisms, including transformational and transactional leadership, leader–member exchange, and all subdimensions of transformational leadership. This research contributes to the scholarly discussions on work meaningfulness and visionary leadership and offers novel insights for practitioners to enhance work meaningfulness in their organizations.
Authors Kipfelsberger, Petra; Raes, Anneloes; Herhausen, Dennis; Kark, Ronit & Bruch, Heike
Projects Projects 1031527 not found.
Journal or Publication Title Journal of Organizational Behavior
Language English
Subjects business studies
behavioral science
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SoM - Responsible Corporate Competitiveness (RoCC)
Refereed Yes
Date 22 June 2022
Publisher Wiley
Page Range 1-23
Number of Pages 23
Publisher DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/job.2649
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Petra Kipfelsberger
Date Deposited 12 Jul 2022 09:00
Last Modified 03 Feb 2023 01:27
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/266667

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Kipfelsberger, Petra; Raes, Anneloes; Herhausen, Dennis; Kark, Ronit & Bruch, Heike (2022) Start with why: The transfer of work meaningfulness from leaders to followers and the role of dyadic tenure. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 1-23.

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