Date of Conferral

2016

Degree

Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)

School

Management

Advisor

Dean Frost

Abstract

Trust in transformational leadership is related to motivation, self-enhancement, and positive job outcomes. Trust in the leader-follower relationship, from the perspective of subordinates, has yet to be examined. Trust is considered an important factor when seeking to improve the chances for organizational success and positive job outcomes. The merits of trust in transformational leadership were addressed in this qualitative case study for the purpose of understanding the value of trust in leader-follower relationships viewed from the experiences of subordinates. Interviews were conducted with 30 participants from 2 organizations within the Newton and Rockdale counties located in the state of Georgia; the chosen sample size was an exhaustive representation of those interviewed and conveyed the depth and breadth of participants'. Research questions addressed how subordinates perceived trust in their leaders and how leaders put into practice trust in their leader-follower relationships. Questions were analyzed using open and axial coding and the following themes emerged: perseverance, effective communication, feedback, commitment, confidence, unity, dependability, exemplary leadership, helpfulness, and satisfaction. Some connections were made between trust in transformational leadership and subordinates' views of their trust in leaders. By implementing these practices and hiring managers with transformational behaviors, organizations can help succeed in engaging employees to promote trusting relationships and encourage future research in the leadership management field. This study may affect positive social change by demonstrating how trust can be created by both leaders and followers: these findings may also contribute to the expansion of new leadership development training programs.