The study is the first to examine the relationship between the ‘big five’ personality traits and the descriptors of servant leadership of medium sized or-ganisation offering transportation services in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The findings support a strong, positive and significant relationship between servant leadership behaviours and the personality traits of agreeableness, conscientious-ness, openness to experience and extraversion. As expected, neuroticism (nega-tive affectivity) showed a negative relationship with every dimension of servant leadership, suggesting that in order to maintain and promote a pleasant work environment, organisations should avoid hiring and or promoting managers who score high on negative affectivity. Direction for future research and practical im-plications for leadership and business approaches are discussed.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of The 8th European Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance (ECMLG 2012)|
|Place of Publication||UK|
|Number of pages||8|
|ISBN (Print)||978-1-62748-071-0, 9781908272751|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
|Event||8th European Conference on Management Leadership and Governance - Pafos, Cyprus|
Duration: 8 Nov 2012 → 9 Nov 2012
|Conference||8th European Conference on Management Leadership and Governance|
|Abbreviated title||ECMLG 2012|
|Period||8/11/12 → 9/11/12|
Politis, J., & Politis, N. J. (2012). The Relationship between Servant Leadership and Personality Characteristics: The 'Big Five'. In J. Politis (Ed.), Proceedings of The 8th European Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance (ECMLG 2012) (pp. 332–339). ACPIL.