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Schwarz, Gary, Newman, Alexander, Cooper, Brian and Eva, Nathan (2016) 'Servant Leadership and Follower Job Performance: The Mediating Effect of Public Service Motivation.' Public Administration, 94 (4). pp. 1025-1041.

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This article advances our understanding of the effects of servant leadership, an employee- and community-focused leadership style, on followers’ public service motivation (PSM) and job performance. Based on social learning theory, we argue that by emphasizing to their followers the importance of serving others both inside and outside the organization and by acting as role models by serving others themselves, servant leaders enhance job performance by engendering higher PSM in their followers. A multi-level analysis of three waves of multi-source data from a Chinese government agency reveals that PSM mediates the influence that servant leadership has on followers’ job performance. The results are consistent with the theoretical predications that the altruistic behaviour displayed by servant leaders elicits higher levels of the altruistic behaviours that characterize PSM, which in turn increases job performance. Hence, this study contributes to our overall understanding of how leadership drives performance in the public sector.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Servant Leadership, Public Service Motivation, Performance, China
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Finance & Management
Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Finance and Management
ISSN: 00333298
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2016 06:50

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