The Role of Authentic Leadership on Employee Engagement in Europe


  • Arthur Lorenzo Ghent University, Belgium
  • Aline Aurora Ghent University, Belgium



Authentic leadership encourages self-awareness, relational transparency, balanced processing and Internalized moral perspective of information and the relations with respect to the leaders working with their subordinates, consequently cultivating positive self-improvement. This study related the idea of authentic leadership in refining employee engagement. The concepts of authentic leadership incorporate self-awareness, relational transparency, balanced processing and relational transparency. An extensive literature review was done to infer the findings, conclusions, and recommendations. In perspective on the assessed review, authentic leadership positively affect and employee engagement. There was a significant and positive connection between authentic leadership, work fulfilment and employee engagement. Numerous studies concluded that teams with more authentic characteristics in their leaders, had more satisfied and engaged employees. The influential mentors were perceived as authentic leaders who acted within dimensions that were consistent with authentic leadership theory: self-awareness, relational transparency, balanced processing and internalized moral perspective. Employee engagement is positively influenced by quality employee organization relationships and positive internal reputation. Results showed that both leader’s consistency between words and actions as well as their balanced processing are positively related to employee engagement. As an antecedent, authentic leadership critically affects the nurturing of an organization’s transparency and positive employee relational outcomes, which, in turn, enhance reputation and thus overall performance.

Keywords: Authentic Leadership, Employee Engagement & American Workplaces.

Author Biographies

Arthur Lorenzo, Ghent University, Belgium

Ghent University, Belgium

Aline Aurora, Ghent University, Belgium

Ghent University, Belgium


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How to Cite

Lorenzo, A., & Aurora, A. (2022). The Role of Authentic Leadership on Employee Engagement in Europe. Journal of Human Resource & Leadership, 6(1), 1–13.