The purpose of this paper is to explore the relationship between leader humility and employee well-being. Based on social information processing (SIP) theory and previous literature concerning leader humility, this paper identifies employee humility as the mediator and suggests that perceived leader effectiveness moderates these relationships.
This study employed a survey involving 228 employees to test the hypothesized moderated-mediation model.
Leader humility is positively related to employee well-being. Employee humility mediates leader humility and employee well-being, except for emotional exhaustion. Moreover, the effect of leader humility on employee humility and the indirect effect of leader humility on employee job satisfaction and work engagement are stronger under high perceptions of leader effectiveness.
Based on the framework of SIP theory, this paper contributes to the literature on humble leadership and employee well-being by treating employee humility as the mechanism and perceived leader effectiveness as the moderator. Few previous studies have investigated the influence of leader humility on employee well-being.
Zhong, J., Zhang, L., Li, P. and Zhang, D.Z. (2020), "Can leader humility enhance employee wellbeing? The mediating role of employee humility", Leadership & Organization Development Journal, Vol. 41 No. 1, pp. 19-36. https://doi.org/10.1108/LODJ-03-2019-0124
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