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Authentic Leadership And Teacher Morale: Effects On Organizational Commitment In Higher Education

Volume 4 - Issue 3, March 2020 Edition
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Ma. Celia T. Roncesvalles, Amelita A. Gaerlan
Authentic leadership, teacher morale, organizational commitment, and higher education
Higher education institutions constantly deal with issues such as teacher attrition and high turnover rate, which could lead into other serious challenges in the field of education. These challenges call for a leadership style that could help school leaders keep competent and committed teachers who are willing to actively work in order to achieve the goals of the organization. Authentic leadership has been identified as a type of leadership that can build an enduring organization. Unfortunately, only few studies have focused on the positive effect of authentic leadership in an academic environment. The study intended to examine the effects of authentic leadership on teacher morale and organizational commitment in higher education. Moreover, it was aimed at developing a behavioral performance model that could guide educational leaders to attract and retain competent faculty members. The sample of this quantitative study consisted of 150 college teachers from different universities in the Philippines. The study utilized a descriptive-survey research method using multiple regression analysis to investigate the effect of the authentic leadership of the deans on teacher morale and teachers’ organizational commitment. The results revealed that authentic leadership positively influences teacher morale and organizational commitment of the teachers in higher education. It can be drawn that teacher morale positively affects the organizational commitment of the teachers in higher education.
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