Mediating Role of Perception of Job Insecurity on the Relationship between Despotic Leadership and Work Engagement: Pakistani Perspective


  • Riffut Jabeen OYA, Graduate School of Business, University Utara Malaysia, Sintok Campus, Malaysia
  • Nazahah Rahim OYA Graduate School of Business, University Utara Malaysia, Sintok Campus, Malaysia



Dark Leadership, Despotic Leadership, Work Engagement, Perception of Job Insecurity, Conservation of Resource (COR)


The importance of work engagement (vigor, dedication, absorption) in enhancing employee performance is a recognized area of research. In this competitive and hyper turbulent work environment, disengaged workforce is costly for any organization. Despite its importance, a very low rate of work engagement (i.e.5%) has been found in Pakistan. Drawing on conservation of resource theory (COR), this paper proposes a conceptual framework to find out the impact of despotic leadership behavior on work engagement of employees with a mediating mechanism of employee’s perception of job insecurity. In previous literature little research has been done on despotic leadership and no study has found on this relationship before.


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How to Cite

Jabeen, R. ., & Rahim, N. . (2020). Mediating Role of Perception of Job Insecurity on the Relationship between Despotic Leadership and Work Engagement: Pakistani Perspective. Review of Economics and Development Studies, 6(2), 277-288.