Using positive psychology and the theory of organisational support and reciprocity, we examined whether
perceived organisational support (POS) mediates the relationship between authentic leadership and
engagement. Authentic leadership and engagement have been investigated extensively however not in
relation to POS within the same study. Given the context of the world of work today, there is a need to
move beyond the direct association between leadership and engagement to study how other variables may
strengthen or weaken this relationship. Data was collected from 202 employees, working in an international
information technology organisation and results were analysed at the group level. Regression analysis was
used to test for mediation, followed by statistical tests of the indirect effect as well as bootstrapping.
Differences between subgroups were also investigated and model fit analysis to establish whether the
suggested model was a good fit. The results showed that POS partially mediates the relationship between
authentic leadership and engagement. Further practical implications of the findings are discussed, together
with limitations and ideas for future research.
Mini Dissertation (MBA)--University of Pretoria, 2017.