Journal article

Leader autonomy support in the workplace: A meta-analytic review

Gavin R Slemp, Margaret L Kern, Kent J Patrick, Richard M Ryan

MOTIVATION AND EMOTION | SPRINGER/PLENUM PUBLISHERS | Published : 2018

Abstract

Leader autonomy support (LAS) refers to a cluster of supervisory behaviors that are theorized to facilitate self-determined motivation in employees, potentially enabling well-being and performance. We report the results of a meta-analysis of perceived LAS in work settings, drawing from a database of 754 correlations across 72 studies (83 unique samples, N = 32,870). Results showed LAS correlated strongly and positively with autonomous work motivation, and was unrelated to controlled work motivation. Correlations became increasingly positive with the more internalized forms of work motivation described by self-determination theory. LAS was positively associated with basic needs, well-being, a..

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