Public servant leadership: Myth or powerful reality?

Dong Chul Shim, Hyun Hee Park, Tae Ho Eom

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This study investigates whether servant leadership has a benevolent influence on government employees' attitudes and productivity. Employing survey responses from 471 local government employees in Korea, this study found that servant leadership contributes to (1) developing employees' trust in leadership, (2) enhancing employees' perception of fair work procedures (procedural justice), and (3) inducing benevolent work behaviors (OCB). Thus, the results indicate that public sector leaders who define themselves as servant leaders can provide a better work environment and greater work engagement opportunities for their employees.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-20
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Review of Public Administration
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 2


  • OCB
  • Procedural justice
  • Servant leadership
  • Trust in leadership

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Administration


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