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Leader aspirations and job satisfaction: The moderating effect of leadership position


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Self Determination Theory (SDT) asserts aspirations (life goals) of personal growth, relationship and community (intrinsic aspirations) support wellbeing, whereas aspirations for wealth, image and fame (extrinsic aspirations) is detrimental. The following study explores aspirations on a sample of 386 leaders towards job satisfaction, and also testing the differences by leadership position (senior and junior). Findings show that all aspirations are related to job satisfaction, with extrinsic aspirations negatively related and intrinsic aspirations positively. Regression analysis showed that significant predictors were image aspirations (negatively) and personal growth aspirations and relationships aspirations (positively). In addition, the majority of interaction effects were significant showing that senior leaders enjoyed greater job satisfaction than junior leaders, regarding most aspirations. This study is important as it highlights the positive nature of intrinsic aspirations and the negative influence of extrinsic aspirations. Furthermore, it highlights the importance of a senior leadership position for leveraging aspirations towards superior job satisfaction.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Paper presented at SHAKE-UP: New Perspectives in Business Research and Education: New Zealand Applied Business Education Conference (NZABE) 2010, held 27-28 September, 2010, in Napier, New Zealand
Uncontrolled Keywords: aspirations, leadership position, job satisfaction
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Schools > Centre for Business, Information Technology and Enterprise > School of Business and Adminstration
Depositing User: Maree Roche
Date Deposited: 09 May 2011 06:14
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 02:31

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