Mediating role of engagement and commitment to bridge empowering leadership and task performance

Anis Eliyana, Nurul Iman Abdul Jalil, Desynta Rahmawati Gunawan, Andika Setia Pratama

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Purpose: This research seeks to reveal the mediating role of work engagement and affective commitment as individual aspects that have the potential to bridge the effect of empowering leadership on the task performance of Correctional Service counselors in Indonesia, especially due to the limited literature on these two aspects in the context of public organizations. Design/methodology/approach: Quantitative research was conducted on 350 counselors throughout Indonesia. The data was collected by distributing questionnaires online. The collected data were then analyzed using Structural Equation Modeling to test the seven research hypotheses. Findings: Empowering leadership significantly strengthens task performance, work engagement and affective commitment. For indirect effects, this study found that affective commitment partially mediates the effect of empowering leadership on task performance. Meanwhile, work engagement failed to act as a mediator because it did not significantly impact strengthening task performance. Originality/value: Notably, the unexpected result of work engagement's inability to significantly boost task performance deviates from the prevailing trends observed in previous empirical research, thereby adding a novel dimension to the findings of this study.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023


  • Affective commitment
  • Correctional services
  • Effective institutions
  • Empowering leadership
  • Task performance
  • Work engagement


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