This study examines the role of an authentic leadership style in managing levels of occupational stress of employees working in the IT sectors of Pakistan and the UK. By combining
strata, purposive and convenience sampling techniques, we gathered data from 220 employees working in software houses in both economies by means of a cross-sectional research design. The measurement model confirmed the reliability and validity of the distinctive variables while Partial Least Square Structural Equation Modeling (PLS-SEM) and
correlation were deployed to assess the relationship between the research variables. The findings of the study confirmed that an authentic leadership style is effective in managing
occupational stress, specifically organisational and personal stressors of employees working on time-bound projects. Additionally, authentic leadership is effective in developing
psychological capital. The research framework is effective for improving employees’ work efficiency through stress reduction and the development of psychological capital under an
authentic leadership style.
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Adnan ul Haque is Associate Faculty Professor of Business at Yorkville University, specialising in Business and Management. He is a research scholar and Doctor of Business Administration (DB A) at the University of Wales TSD London. He earned a distinction and the Best Postgraduate Research Student Award in MBA – HRM from the University of Sunderland, as well as a PGD in Business Management from ATHE London. He has earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Public Administration (MPA – HRM and BPA - Hons) with distinctions from the University of Karachi. For the last 12 years, he has been a business and management lecturer and a guest speaker at different institutions: London Graduate School, the University of Sunderland, Stanford College UK , HSDC, SRIB P, and the University of Karachi. He was an on-line mentor at Oxford Brookes University. He offers corporate training to MNCs and HR consultancy services to logistics and IT firms in Pakistan, Canada, and
the UK . He regularly chairs sessions, conducts workshops, and presents keynote speeches at international academic conferences. His professional research interests include Organisational Behaviour, HRM, Leadership,
Supply Chain Management, Quantitative Methods, Qualitative Methods, Business Ethics, Consumer Behaviour, and Sustainability, with over two dozen publications in Scopus, ABS, Web of Sciences, and impact factor journals.
Ali Sher is Professor of Business Administration at Yorkville University. He received his PhD in Engineering Management from George Washington University. He has taught business courses at both undergraduate
and graduate level at different universities including Managing People in Organisations, Practices of Management, Research Methods, Business Decision Analysis, and Business Information Systems. Dr Sher’s research interests lie in the areas of Management Education, Online Learning and Big Data. He has published in
prominent peer-reviewed journals including the International Technology Management Review, the Journal of Interactive Learning, and the Journal of Online Learning and Teaching. Prior to joining Yorkville University, Dr Sher taught at the University of New Brunswick, George Mason University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and DeVry University. Earlier in his career, he worked for the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation, Washington DC, where he was responsible for developing and managing financial information systems for emerging stock market database clients.
Mariusz Urbanski obtained a PhD in technical sciences at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Częstochowa University of Technology. Currently, he is an adjunct at the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Częstochowa University of Technology. His research interests include both technical and managerial science aspects: management in construction, construction and civil engineering, innovation management, entrepreneurship and human resources management. He is the guest editor of a special issue of the journal ‘Sustainability’ entitled “Sustainable Construction Investments – Technical and Organisational Implications”. He is a Member of the Polish Academy of Sciences.