Linking Autonomy-Supportive Leadership to Volunteer Satisfaction: A Self-Determination Theory Perspective
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This study examines the development of volunteer satisfaction within the framework of self-determination theory (SDT). Therewith, autonomy-supportive leadership—as an influential part of the organizational context—is studied as an antecedent of volunteer satisfaction. The hypothesized model suggests that the link between autonomy-supportive leadership and volunteer satisfaction is serially mediated by general need satisfaction and autonomous motivation. Volunteers (N = 113) working closely together with their supervisors completed a paper-based questionnaire. As predicted, both general need satisfaction and autonomous motivation serially mediated the link between autonomy-supportive leadership and volunteer satisfaction. The results indicate that autonomy-supportive leadership is an important factor of the organizational context, increasing both volunteers’ autonomous motivation and satisfaction. Practical implications for volunteering organizations, as well as implications for further research, are discussed. Show more
Journal / seriesVoluntas
Pages / Article No.
SubjectSelf-determination theory; Volunteering; Autonomy-supportive leadership; Satisfaction; Autonomous motivation
Organisational unit03494 - Wehner, Theo
NotesIt was possible to publish this article open access thanks to a Swiss National Licence with the publisher.
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