How transformational leadership leads to work engagement: the mediation role of basis needs

H. Hetland*, J. Hetland, S. Pallesen, G. Notelaers

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Purpose – the purpose of this paper is to explore the relationship between transformational leadership and a transactional leadership component (management by exception-active), and fulfillment of the basic needs of autonomy, competence and – the paper is based on cross sectional data from 661 employees who completed validated questionnaires such as the the multifactor leadership questionnaire (mlq) and the basic need satisfaction at work (bnsw). The data were analysed using structural equation modeling in amos 18.0.findings – the results show that both transformational leadership and the transactional behavior management by exception active are significantly related to fulfillment of the basic needs. Significant regression weights of 0.50 (p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-533
Number of pages26
JournalCareer Development International
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

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