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SA Journal of Industrial Psychology

versão On-line ISSN 2071-0763
versão impressa ISSN 0258-5200


KLEYNHANS, Deon J.; HEYNS, Marita M.  e  STANDER, Marius W.. Authentic leadership and follower trust in the leader: The effect of precariousness. SA j. ind. Psychol. [online]. 2021, vol.47, n.1, pp.1-10. ISSN 2071-0763.

ORIENTATION: In a business context characterised by precariousness and uncertainty, the importance of trusting leader-follower relationships is becoming critical to navigate imminent challenges preventing organisational sustainability and progress. The potential negative impact of related challenges could be reduced by encouraging leaders to adopt an authentic leadership style, culminating in various positive employee and organisational outcomes. RESEARCH PURPOSE: This study investigated the impact of authentic leadership (AL) on follower trust in the leader (TL), while considering the possible indirect influence of perceived precariousness in the form of job insecurity. MOTIVATION FOR THE STUDY: Establishing a high level of trust among the followers and their leaders employed by a manufacturing organisation under operational and financial pressure might contribute to a more effective functioning of the entity. RESEARCH APPROACH/DESIGN AND METHOD: A quantitative cross-sectional survey design was applied. The Authentic Leadership Inventory, Workplace Trust Survey, and Job Insecurity Scale were administered. MAIN FINDINGS: Authentic leadership was a significant predictor of TL. Job insecurity did not moderate the relationship between AL and TL PRACTICAL/MANAGERIAL IMPLICATIONS: Promoting an AL style will benefit manufacturing organisations as it will elevate the trustful relationship between leaders and followers, despite precarious working conditions. Contribution/value-add: The study emphasises AL's critical role in cultivating a trustful relationship between followers and their leaders. The non-significant influence of job insecurity on a trustful relationship in a precarious work context was also highlighted.

Palavras-chave : authentic leadership; trust; job insecurity; precariousness; organisational sustainability; mediation; moderation.

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