Transformational leadership and trust in leadership impacts on employee commitment

Tom Baum, Yue Yuan, Haiyan Kong, Liu Yining, Chao Liu, Naipeng Bu, Kangping Wang, Zihan Yin

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Purpose -This study explores the effects of leadership style and trust in leadership on employees' affective commitment in the context of a global pandemic.
Design/methodology/approach -A total of 580 valid questionnaires were collected online, targeting hospitality and tourism employees working from home during a particular period of the COVID-19 Coronavirus crisis. Structural equation modeling was used to analyze the data with AMOS software.
Findings -The findings indicated that perceived transformational leadership was a positive predictor of trust in leadership and affective commitment. In addition to the positive contribution to commitment, trust in leadership also mediated the relationship between transformational leadership and organizational commitment.
Originality/value -The current study contributes to the literature on leadership and organizational commitment. The results of this study may provide a valuable guide to organizations, leaders, and young employees.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages24
JournalTourism Review
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2 Jun 2021


  • transformational leadership
  • trust in leadership
  • emotional commitment
  • China


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