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- KurzbeschreibungIn the face of today's business challenges, the demand for a more genuine leadership style is arising. Authentic Leadership as a way to authentically relate to oneself and others is meant to create meaning, trust and confidence amongst followers. At the same time, the Buddhist concept of Self-Compassion is becoming popular in the Western academic world. This study offers first insights into the relationship between Authentic Leadership and Self-Compassion. Theoretical similarities and connections between the two constructs are being presented. An online study (N=50) got conducted, asking young professionals from the international student organization 'AIESEC' about Authentic Leadership attributes and self-compassionate behaviours. Data analysis showed a weak positive correlation between Authentic Leadership and Self-Compassion. Methodical limitations of the study are being demonstrated. Implications for Authentic Leadership research and practice are being discussed, concluding that Self-Compassion could enhance the theoretical operationalization of authenticity as well as the intense process of Authentic Leadership Development. This study was shortlisted for the Association of Business Psychologist's Workforce Experience Award in 2014.
- AutorBritta Tondock
- VerlagAnchor Academic Publishing
- Seiten84 Seiten
- Gewicht147 g
- LeseprobeText Sample:<br>Chapter 2. Study design:<br>Chapter 2.1. Quantitative design:<br>Given the fact that validated quantitative measurements for both constructs already exist, it seemed logical to use those existing questionnaires for a first exploration of the field, therefore choosing a quantitative study design. Based on the review of the literature, we assume that a high level of Self-Compassion would result in a high level of a leader's authenticity. Therefore, the hypothesis we want to maintain is the following (H1):<br>H1: There is a positive correlation between a leader's level of Self-Compassion (SC) and his level of authenticity (AL).<br>Accordingly, the hypothesis we would like to falsify is the following (H0):<br>H0: There is no correlation between a leader's level of Self-Compassion (SC) and his level of authenticity (AL).<br>As we are making both a prediction about the presence of a significant effect and the direction of this effect, our hypothesis is one-tailed (Brace et al., 2006). Considering the direction of our research question, Self-Compassion would be the independent, Authentic Leadership the dependent variable.<br>Chapter 2.2. Population: the international student organization 'AIESEC':<br>The population for this sample consists of young students and professionals involved with the international student organization 'AIESEC'. AIESEC is an independent, non-political, non-for-profit organization run by students and graduates of higher education. The organization is delivering leadership activities as well as international internship experiences for 86.000 members in 124 countries, and has been doing so for more than 60 years (see AIESEC website, 2013a). Participants got approached via the professional online communities 'LinkedIn' and 'XING Germany', as members of the organization are present in large numbers and organized in succinct groups on both platforms. Both active members and Alumni were considered (for a detailed overview about the approached groups, see IV.2. in appendices). The online questionnaire was designed using the survey software Qualtrics. It got posted weekly over a timely period of seven weeks.<br>Chapter 2.3. Measurements:<br>The two variables Authentic Leadership and Self-Compassion got operationalized using existing sub-scales and measured with two existing questionnaires. For this study, the two questionnaires got combined. The final measurement therefore consisted of 42 items and 9 demographic questions being answered via self-rating of the participants (for a detailed version of the questionnaire, see IV.3. in appendices). The structure of the used measurements shall be described in the following.<br>Chapter 2.3.1
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