Leadership's Role in Employee Retention

Gary Covella, Vikkie Mccarthy, Belal Kaifi, Daniel Cocoran
2017 Business Management Dynamics   unpublished
Using a framework of social exchange theory (SET) to demonstrate the outcome of a leadership-employee centered model, this study demonstrated the vital role that the relationship between employee and leaders play in influencing an employee's future career decisions. Leader-member exchange (LMX) was proposed to have a mediating effect on this model. Survey research of 402 fulltime employees recruited through Amazon MTurk from a diverse selection of industries was used to explore these
more » ... ps. The survey instrument included measures of person-job fit, turnover intention and employee work engagement factors such as vigor, dedication, and absorption. This study contributes to literature regarding P-J fit, LMX, and employee work engagement empirically tested within a single framework. Results confirm that person-job fit has an inverse relationship to turnover intention and mediated through LMX and employee work engagement.