THE INFLUENCE OF EMPOWERING LEADERSHIP ON WORK-RELATED STRESS, PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY AND JOB AUTONOMY AS MEDIATORS

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2024-06-27
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This study aims to create insights on how empowering leadership is related to work-related stress by identifying the two mechanisms psychological safety and job autonomy, both suggested to be positively related to empowering leadership and to have a reducing effect on work-related stress. By using the Conservation of Resources theory (COR), arguments were provided to support their mediating effect. By looking into these two resources of empowering leadership this study hopes to contribute to the literature by unveiling the processes and explain these two mechanisms through which empowering leadership may operate in reducing employee work-related stress. A quantitative survey-based study was conducted in order to test the suggested hypotheses. The results showed that empowering leadership does not have a direct effect on work-related stress. However, psychological safety does mediate the relationship between empowering leadership and work-related stress. Job autonomy does not mediate the relationship between empowering leadership and work-related stress. More research is needed to get a better insight in other mechanisms of empowering leadership that could act as a mediator to reduce work-related stress.
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Faculteit der Managementwetenschappen