Title: The impact of transformational leadership on employee attitudes: implications for human resources

Authors: Mesut Akdere; Mehmet Top; Menderes Tarcan

Addresses: Department of Technology Leadership and Innovation, Purdue University, 155 S. Grant Street, Young 355, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2021, USA ' Department of Healthcare Management, College of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Hacettepe University, 06800 Beytepe, Ankara, Turkey ' Department of Health Care Management, School of Health, Eskişehir Osmangazi University, Turkey

Abstract: Facing significant labour shortages, the nursing field needs effective approaches to provide a supportive work environment. This study explores the impact of transformational leadership practices on employee attitudes including job satisfaction, organisational commitment, and organisational trust among nurses in Turkey. A cross-sectional survey design was used in this correlational study. Data were collected among registered nurse practitioners working at governmental hospitals in Turkey. The study results indicate that transformational leadership practices provided organisational support and positively influenced employee attitudes of job satisfaction, organisational commitment, and organisational trust. This study identifies organisational dynamics that would foster a paradigm shift in nursing. Transformational leadership is an effective approach to nursing administration in both engaging in organisational transformation as well as creating a culture to enhance nursing practices. Implications for human resources are also discussed.

Keywords: transformational leadership; job satisfaction; organisational commitment; organisational trust; employee attitudes; healthcare; Turkey.

DOI: 10.1504/MEJM.2021.118456

Middle East Journal of Management, 2021 Vol.8 No.6, pp.611 - 629

Received: 31 Aug 2020
Accepted: 20 Oct 2020

Published online: 01 Sep 2021 *

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