No significant relationship between project manager authentic leadership and project success

This study analyzed how authentic leadership in project managers predicted project success in organizations and if the PMP and CAPM credentials moderated the relationship. The relationships between authentic leadership in project managers and project success were not statistically significant, nor did possession of a project management credential moderate the relationships.


This research study was an exploration of the relationship between non-positional leaders in an organization and the authentic leadership components of relational transparency, self-awareness, ethical/moral values, and balanced processing. The purpose of this quantitative study using multiple regression analysis was to investigate if authentic leadership in an organization’s project managers predicts project success. A second purpose was to determine if the possession of a project management credential such as the Project Management Professional (PMP) or Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification moderates the relationship between authentic leadership and project success. The study findings indicated a statistically insignificant relationship between authentic leadership factors in project managers and project success.  The possession of a project management credential did not significantly moderate the relationship. Project success remains a subjective construct for organizations and project managers and more tools need to be developed to measure project success. As organizations worldwide become increasingly project-focused and global economies are increasingly driven by success and failure of projects, understanding the link between authentic leadership and non-positional leaders such as project managers is progressively more important.


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Conference Proceedings
Levy, Laurie
Bostain, Nancy S.
Conrad, Kelley A.
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[APS Poster Showcase]. APS 2020 Convention, Chicago, IL
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Monday, June 1, 2020
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