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A correlation of servant leadership, leader trust, and organizational trust

Errol E. Joseph (School of Leadership Studies, Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA)
Bruce E. Winston (School of Leadership Studies, Regent University, Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA)

Leadership & Organization Development Journal

ISSN: 0143-7739

Article publication date: 1 January 2005

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Abstract

Purpose

Aims to explore the relationship between employee perceptions of servant leadership and leader trust, as well as organizational trust.

Design/methodology.approach

Uses Laub's Organizational Leadership Assessment along with Nyhan and Marlowe's Organizational Trust Inventory.

Findings

Perceptions of servant leadership correlated positively with both leader trust and organizational trust. The study also found that organizations perceived as servant‐led exhibited higher levels of both leader trust and organizational trust than organizations perceived as non‐servant‐led.

Originality/value

The findings lend support to Greenleaf's view that servant leadership is an antecedent of leader and organizational trust, and to aspects of other servant leadership models.

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Citation

Joseph, E.E. and Winston, B.E. (2005), "A correlation of servant leadership, leader trust, and organizational trust", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 26 No. 1, pp. 6-22. https://doi.org/10.1108/01437730510575552

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2005, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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