School of Education


Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD)


Rebecca Lunde


leadership, transformational leadership, job satisfaction, productivity, affective commitment


Education | Leadership Studies


Leadership is an essential component of higher education institutions as it influences the organization’s ability to fulfill its mission and achieve its goals. Leadership is vital as it affects employees in various areas that may influence their ability to perform their professional duties. Leadership is aligned with the success of an organization and impacts the motivation of employees on their achievement to successfully accomplish the institution’s goal. Transformational leaders encourage individuals to support each other and the organization as a whole and creates an environment of trust, loyalty and respect for the leader by the followers. This leadership style may be applied by leaders in higher education to improve the work experience of their followers. The purpose of this study was to better understand the relationship between transformational leadership and the following variables: employees’ job satisfaction, productivity, and affective commitment in such setting. The researcher used a quantitative non-experimental approach. A sample size of 100 participants was recruited to take part in the study. Data collection was done through three instruments: Leadership Practice Inventory (LPI), Three Component Model (TCM), and Index of Job Satisfaction (IJS). Data analysis was conducted through IBM SPSS (Version 27) and hypothesis tested was analyzed using Pearson Product Moment correlations. Increasing values of inspiring a shared vision corresponded with a greater feeling of job satisfaction. Additionally, increased values in inspiring a shared vision correspond to greater levels of affective commitment. Also, increasing scores in the enabling others to act measure corresponded to increased feelings of job satisfaction. Lastly, increased scores in the enabling others to act resulted in increased affective commitment.