Are transformational leaders a double-edged sword? Impact of transformational leadership on sport employee commitment and job satisfaction

Seungmo KIM*, Marshall Magnusen, Damon Andrew, Jennifer Stoll

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Abstract

Few areas have received more frequent scholarly attention in the business literature than leadership. However, insufficient attention had been paid to the study of leadership in a sport context. Therefore, this study examined the direct effects of transformational leadership on sport employee job satisfaction and levels of commitment (to the athletic department and athletic director). Also examined were the mediated effects of both commitment foci on the relationship between transformational leadership and job satisfaction. Participants included 325 athletic department employees in a NCAA BCS football conference. Through CFA and SEM, the direct and mediated effects of transformational leadership on sport employee commitment and job satisfaction were explored. Limited support was found for a direct effect of transformational leadership on job satisfaction. However, the results indicated support for transformational leadership directly influencing organizational- and individual-level commitment. Commitment to the athletic department also mediated the transformational leadership-job satisfaction relationship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)661-676
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Sports Science and Coaching
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Athletic Director
  • College Athletics
  • Employee Commitment
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Transformational Leadership

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