Authentic leadership and positive organizational behavior: A meso, multi-level perspective

Francis J. Yammarino, Shelley D. Dionne, Chester A. Schriesheim, Fred Dansereau

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Abstract

Authentic leadership (AL) and positive organizational behavior (POB) are two important emerging approaches in the organizational sciences. To date, published work on AL and POB has been primarily leader-focused and based on individual differences. In this article, after verifying this individual-level focus via content coding of AL articles, AL and POB are explicated and integrated using a meso, multi-level perspective. Essentially, viewed in terms of multiple levels of analysis, AL promotes various multi-level "primary" criteria and outcomes of POB that, in turn, enhances various multi-level "secondary" criteria and outcomes of performance. Direct effects of AL on performance at multiple levels of analysis also are plausible. Implications for future meso perspectives on leadership theory and research in general and on AL and POB in particular are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)693-707
Number of pages15
JournalLeadership Quarterly
Volume19
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2008

Keywords

  • Authentic leadership
  • Multi-level model
  • Multiple levels of analysis
  • Positive organizational behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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