Authentic leadership and behavioral integrity as drivers of staff nurses' commitment and work engagement

Amal Refaat Gab Allah, Rehab Abd Allah Nassar


Background and aim: Authentic leadership is relatively a new paradigm that emphasizes leaders' credibility. It can serve the healthcare organization to build an organizational culture that reinforces the healthcare worker in being committed and engaged in work. This study aimed to examine the effect of authentic leadership on staff nurses' affective organizational commitment and work engagement through examining the mediating role of behavioral integrity.

Methods: Study design: A descriptive correlational design was used in conducting this study. Setting: The study was conducted at two different hospitals, namely Menoufia University Hospital, and National Liver Institution, Egypt. Sampling: A Convenience sampling of two groups were selected; 64 front-line nurse managers and 320 staff nurses. Tools: Four instruments were used for collecting data; authentic leadership questionnaire, behavioral integrity scale, affective organizational commitment questionnaire, and Utrecht work engagement scale. Spearman correlation (r) and binary logistic regression analysis were used to achieve the study aim.

Results: Total behavioral integrity (BI) score was significantly correlated with total authentic leadership (AL) and two of its subscales (internalized moral perspective and balanced processing). Moreover, a significant positive correlation was revealed between the enactment of espoused values at one hand and total authentic leadership and its subscales except for self-awareness. Correlation analysis between BI and organizational commitment revealed a significant positive correlation between the two variables. A significant positive correlation was also found between the BI total and its subscales with work engagement total and its subscales.

Conclusions: This study supported the proposition that the relationship between authentic leadership and positive nurses’ outcomes including affective commitment and work engagement is mediated by behavioral integrity.

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Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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