Validating measures of leader authenticity: Relationships between implicit/explicit self-esteem, situational cues, and leader authenticity

Brandon Randolph-Seng, William L. Gardner

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Abstract

Using a student sample in a lab setting, we examined the relationships between explicit and implicit self-esteem and two measures of leader authenticity: self-reported authentic leadership as measured by the Authentic Leadership Questionnaire (ALQ) and perceived leader authenticity as reflected in leadership speeches. In addition, we explored the influence of situational cues for an internal versus external focus on measures of leadership authenticity. Explicit and implicit self-esteem related to authentic leadership in predicted directions, but not perceived leader authenticity. ALQ scores were also positively related to perceived leader authenticity and were significantly affected by the situational cues. Results provide support for the construct validity of the ALQ, while also showing that ALQ scores can be influenced by situational cues promoting an internal versus external focus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-231
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Leadership and Organizational Studies
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2013

Keywords

  • Authentic leadership
  • Construct operationalization
  • Implicit and explicit self-esteem
  • Indirect measures
  • Situational influences

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