The Role of Transactional Leadership in Employee Performance: The Mediating Role Psychological Empowerment


  • Zeeshan Riaz Admin Officer, HITECH University
  • Mariyam Qadir COMSATS University Islamabad, Wah Campus
  • Samina Nawab COMSATS University, Islamabad.


Transactional Leadership, Employee Performance, Knowledge Employees, Job Performance, Psychological Empowerment


This research focuses on the impact of "Transactional leader’s behaviour on job performance of knowledge employees". Taking enterprise knowledge employees as the research object and by introducing the psychological empowerment as the mediating variable, this research explores the impact of transactional leadership style on the job performance of knowledge employees. The first part is the introduction, which introduces the background of the study, research gap, problem statement, research questions, research objectives, and significance of the study, assumptions and delimitations, definition of key words. The second part is the literature review, which reviews the previous researches on the concepts, affecting factors and dimensions of research variables such as transactional leadership style, employee work performance and psychological empowerment. These laid a solid theoretical foundation for this research. The third part is the research design. On the basis of the previous research, the research model of this paper is constructed, there search hypothesis proposed and the research questionnaire designed by referring to the mature scale studied by the previous researchers. The fourth part is empirical research, which takes knowledge employees of state-owned enterprises in Pakistan as the research object. A total of 662 respondents data were obtained by means of questionnaire survey, and the reliability and validity analysis, difference analysis, correlation analysis, main hypothesis test and adjustment effect test were conducted on the collected data using SmartPLS V.3 and SPSS 25.0, partly verifying the theoretical model and research hypothesis. The fifth part is conclusion and prospect. This study draws research conclusions through the empirical research data results. Based on results, this research offers some suggestions to the managers of the state owned enterprise for the actual management of knowledge employees from the aspect of leadership style.


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Riaz, Z., Qadir, M., & Nawab, S. (2023). The Role of Transactional Leadership in Employee Performance: The Mediating Role Psychological Empowerment. Inverge Journal of Social Sciences, 2(2), 19–53. Retrieved from

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