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.
|Name||Academy of Management Proceedings|
|Publisher||Academy of Management|