Transformational leadership and job-related learning

Loon, M, Lim, Y.M, Lee, T.H and Tam, C.L (2012) 'Transformational leadership and job-related learning.' Management Research Review, 35 (3/4). pp. 192-205. ISSN 2040-8269

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to examine specifically the impacts of transformational leadership on job-related learning at the individual level. Design/methodology/approach: Aquestionnaire survey was conducted. The survey questionnaire contained measurements of job-related learning (JRL) and the five dimensions of transformational leadership: idealized influence attributed (IIA), idealized influence behavior (IIB), individualized consideration (CON), inspirational motivation (INSPIRE), intellectual stimulation (INTSTIM). Data were collected from 400 individuals of various organizations on a voluntary and anonymous basis. Findings: The research results showed that the dimensions of IIB and CON were two significant predictors to job-related learning. Research limitations/implications: All of the data collected in the present study are gathered from a single source through a common method (i.e. a Likert-scale questionnaire). Also, the use of a cross-sectional design in the present study restricts inferences being drawn regarding the causal relationships between transformational leadership and job-related learning. Practical implications: It seems that leaders are able to enhance job-related learning among the employees when they recognize the growth needs of their followers and provide them with personal guidance and goal-directed development. The findings imply that if a high learning orientation in an organisation is desired, transformational leadership would be the type of leadership needed in the organization. Originality/value: The present study does provide some evidence that some dimensions of transformational leadership are more influential on job-related learning than the others.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Learning organizations, Transformational leadership, Workplace learning, Job-related learning, Idealized influence attributed, idealized influence behavior, individualized consideration, inspirational motivation, intellectual stimulation, survey, work, learning
Divisions: Bath Business School
Chancelry and Research Management
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