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Exploring the relationship between servant leadership and volunteer attitudes within a US Catholic diocese

Rojin Karickal (Department of Management and Management Science, Lubin School of Business, Pace University, New York, New York, USA)
Katherine M. Richardson (Department of Management and Management Science, Lubin School of Business, Pace University, New York, New York, USA)

International Journal of Public Leadership

ISSN: 2056-4929

Article publication date: 16 May 2023

Issue publication date: 24 May 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to examine the relationship between pastoral servant leadership and Church volunteer's perceptions of workplace spirituality, affective commitment, and organizational citizenship behavior in the context of the Catholic Church.

Design/methodology/approach

An online survey was administered to 200 volunteer staff in a Catholic diocese located in the Northeastern US. 123 participants responded, for a 61.5% response rate.

Findings

A significant positive relationship was found between volunteer staff perceptions of pastoral servant leadership and their workplace spirituality as well as affective commitment. No relationship was found between servant leadership and organizational citizenship behavior.

Originality/value

This is one of the first studies to examine servant leadership within the US Catholic Church. Findings add value to the literature on servant leadership and its importance to volunteerism, and in particular the positive benefits of servant leadership for staff volunteers in a Church environment.

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Citation

Karickal, R. and Richardson, K.M. (2023), "Exploring the relationship between servant leadership and volunteer attitudes within a US Catholic diocese", International Journal of Public Leadership, Vol. 19 No. 2, pp. 173-186. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJPL-11-2022-0063

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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