Examination of the Effects of Authoritarian Leadership on Employees in Production Sector


Turkish Studies - Social Sciences , vol.15, no.1, pp.15-35, 2020 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 15 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Journal Name: Turkish Studies - Social Sciences
  • Journal Indexes: TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.15-35
  • Istanbul Medipol University Affiliated: Yes


Rapid changes and competitive environment of today's business world cause accelerated implementation of management approaches focused on the employee performances, which affect the attitudes and behaviours of the employees within the organizational structure. The researchers theoretically define the link between personality and work performance and argue that expressions of basic tendencies (i.e. personality traits) represent particular characteristics which directly affect the performance. One of the most important reasons why companies fall back from their competitors in the sector and/or market is the fact that the procedures they determine about process management are not performed correctly by employees or there are problems arising from human resources management. It appears that when the leaders cannot empathize with others, they tend to create an emotionally independent and interpersonal pragmatic style. Therefore, in this study, the relationship between the variables of authoritarian leadership and employees’ tendency to violate rules and work participation has been examined and the effect of strategic human resource management (SHRM) on these variables as an mediation variable has been discussed. The survey of this study was conducted on the 350 white-collar employees of 5 high-performance companies in the production sector in Turkey. The data obtained from the questionnaires were analysed with SPSS 25 statistical software. Firstly, the factor analysis was conducted to check whether the scales represented the variables and then the reliability analysis was performed. Correlation analysis was used to analyze the effects of the relationships between variables and regression analysis was used to test hypotheses. As a result, it was determined that the authoritarian leadership had an effect on the rule violation tendencies of the employees and decreased the level of work participation. It has also been revealed that the mediation variable effect of strategic human resource management increase the level of work participation and decrease the level of rule violation.