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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Sassoon, David
URN etd-07032011-125255
Document Title The effects of authentic leadership and a positive organisational context
Degree MBA
Department Gordon Institute of Business Science
Advisor Name Title
Dr C Lew Supervisor
  • positive follower outcome
  • authentic fellowship
  • positive organisation context
  • authentic leadership
  • sustainable and veritable performance
Date 2010-11-10
Availability unrestricted

This research concerns itself with the effects of authentic leadership and a positive organisational context.

Gardner, Avolio, Luthans, May and Walumbwa’s (2005) authentic leader and follower development model suggests that authentic leadership within a positive organisational context leads to increased authentic followership, which in turn influences positive follower outcomes, and finally leads to sustainable and veritable organisational performance. A research contextual framework, based on Gardner et al.’s (2005) model, is developed with one significant change being the repositioning of a positive organisational context as a relatively more significant construct in the development of authentic followership.

The research contextual framework and in particular the correlations between the various constructs are tested. This is performed through a quantitative study based on the completion of a research questionnaire by employees at four South African based services companies. In addition to a general testing of the various correlations, the role of a positive organisational context is specifically investigated in order to shed light on which model better reflects the authentic leadership development process: Gardner et al.’s (2005) model or the research contextual framework.

It is also intended that this research will provide insights into whether general authentic leadership theory can be generalised to a South African context.

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Please cite as follows:

Sassoon, D 2010, The effects of authentic leadership and a positive organisational context, MBA dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-07032011-125255/>


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