Master of Science (MS)
inclusive leadership, organizational commitment, psychological empowerment
Psychology; Organizational behavior
Inclusive leadership has become an important contextual factor to study in organizations given its impact on positive workplace outcomes. However, little is known about the ability of inclusive leadership to affect a wider range of outcomes and the various mediating mechanisms between inclusive leadership and outcomes. Therefore, the present study explored the mediating role of psychological empowerment on the relationship between inclusive leadership and affective organizational commitment. It was hypothesized that inclusive leadership would be positively related to affective organizational commitment both directly and indirectly through psychological empowerment. Results of an online survey from 189 employed individuals showed that inclusive leadership was positively related to affective organizational commitment. Results also showed that psychological empowerment partially mediated the relationship between inclusive leadership and affective organizational commitment, particularly through the meaning and impact dimensions of psychological empowerment. The present study contributes to the existing literature by highlighting the positive relationship between inclusive leadership and affective organizational commitment and the mediating role of psychological empowerment. These findings suggest that management development programs should focus on increasing managers’ levels of openness, availability, and accessibility in their interactions with employees.
Van Buskirk, Mariah Lyn, "Inclusive Leadership, Psychological Empowerment, and Affective Organizational Commitment: A Mediated Model" (2020). Master's Theses. 5166.