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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2019, Vol. 27 ›› Issue (8): 1363-1383.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2019.01363

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The relationship between leadership styles and engagement: A meta-analysis

XU Yan1, LI Chaoping1,2()   

  1. 1 School of Public Administration and Policy, Renmin University of China, Beijing 100872, China
    2 Management Institude of Xinxiang Medical University, Xinxiang 453003, China
  • Received:2019-01-11 Online:2019-07-26 Published:2019-06-25
  • Contact: Chaoping LI


This article fills the void in leadership and engagement literature through conducting a quantitative review to explore the disparities among relationships between different leadership styles and engagement. Based on a meta-analysis of 148 cases and 162 independent effect sizes (N = 84836). We found positive associations between various leadership styles and engagement, and the results of relative weights analysis suggest that engagement was decrementally predicted by empowering leadership, ethical leadership, transformational leadership, leader-member exchange, authentic leadership, transactional leadership, servant leadership and paternalistic leadership. Moderator analyses revealed that the particular engagement scale, design of research and cultural background all produce meaningful influences on the relationships in the meta-analysis.

Key words: transformational leadership, leader-member exchange, authentic leadership, engagement, meta-analysis

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