The Relationship between Servant Leadership and Personality Characteristics: The 'Big Five'

John Politis, N. J. Politis

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    Abstract

    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of The 8th European Conference on Management, Leadership and Governance (ECMLG 2012)
    EditorsJohn Politis
    Place of PublicationUK
    PublisherACPIL
    Pages332–339
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)978-1-62748-071-0, 9781908272751
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    Event8th European Conference on Management Leadership and Governance - Pafos, Cyprus
    Duration: 8 Nov 20129 Nov 2012

    Conference

    Conference8th European Conference on Management Leadership and Governance
    Abbreviated titleECMLG 2012
    Period8/11/129/11/12

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    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.