Nursing Leadership

Nursing Leadership 22(1) March 2009 : 70-85.doi:10.12927/cjnl.2009.20614

The Effects of Emotionally Intelligent Leadership Behaviour on Emergency Staff Nurses' Workplace Empowerment and Organizational Commitment

Carol Young-Ritchie, Heather K. Spence Laschinger and Carol Wong


The purpose of this study was to test a model exploring the relationships among emotionally intelligent leadership behaviour, workplace empowerment and commitment. A predictive, non-experimental design was used to test the model in a random sample of 300 emergency staff nurses working in Ontario. A path analysis supported the fully mediated hypothesized model (χ2=2.3, df=1, p > .05; CFI=.99, IFI=.99, RMSEA=.08). Perceived emotionally intelligent leadership behaviour had a strong direct effect on structural empowerment (β=.54), which in turn had a strong direct effect on organizational commitment (β=.61).



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