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James M. Brown


Work-life balance remains a challenge for transformational leaders who are managers in the hospitality industry. Guided by the principles of leader member exchange theory, this quantitative study investigated how transformational leadership level predicted a commitment to work-life balance roles for 100 degreed frontline hotel managers. In particular, the effects of transformational leadership and commitment on job roles, family roles, friendship roles, and social roles were explored. Transformational leadership was measured using the Team Multifactor Leadership Questionnaire, and work-life balance role commitment was measured using the Investment Model Scale Commitment Inventory. There was a thorough review of the responses from the questionnaire and the data was computed in SPSS software. The findings suggested a predictive relationship between transformational leadership and commitment to job roles. This study contributes to the few studies conducted on transformational leadership's effect on work-life balance and further expands the organizational psychology literature by showing that transformational leadership level predicts commitment to work-life balance roles among degreed hotel managers in front-line work teams. The results promote positive social change by the sustainability of organizational effectiveness for the hospitality industry through human capital by focusing on transformational leadership training. Lastly, this study contributed to positive social change through its presentation of alternative techniques to work-life balance situations within the hospitality industry, which could positively impact employment situations through training programs, classroom simulations, and conferences.