Serving followers or family? A trickle down model of how servant leadership shapes employee work performance

Jakob Stollberber, Mireia Las Heras, Yasin Rofcanin, Maria Jose Bosch

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Abstract

So far, little research attention has been given to the effects of servant leadership displayed by leaders across an organization’s hierarchy. Using a matched sample of employees and their supervisors from three companies in the Dominican Republic, multilevel structural equation modeling results show that manager servant leadership trickles down to inspire supervisor servant leadership, which increases employee prosocial motivation and subsequent work performance. Furthermore, supervisor family motivation buffered the trickle-down mechanism, so that the effect on employee work performance is weaker for supervisors with high levels of family motivation. Our research sheds light on how and when servant leadership tickles down to shape employee work performance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcademy of Management Proceedings 2019
PublisherAcademy of Management
Volume2019, No. 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2019

Publication series

NameAcademy of Management Proceedings
PublisherAcademy of Management
Number1
Volume2019
ISSN (Print)0065-0668
ISSN (Electronic)2151-6561

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