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The influence of humble leadership on employees’ work engagement: the mediating role of leader knowledge-sharing behaviour

Nayel Al Hawamdeh (Department of Business Administration, College of Business, Tafila Technical University,Tafila, Jordan)

VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems

ISSN: 2059-5891

Article publication date: 22 July 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper empirically aims to investigate the mediating role of leader knowledge-sharing behaviour (LKSB) in the relationship between humble leadership (HL) and work engagement (WE).

Design/methodology/approach

The responses of 321 employees in hospitality organisations in Jordan were collected via an online survey. The study data was then analysed using structural equation modelling.

Findings

The study found that leaders showing humble behaviour were able to share knowledge that ultimately improved employees’ work engagement; thus, confirming that leaders sharing knowledge behaviour mediates the relationship between HL and all three dimensions of work engagement.

Originality/value

This study delves into and sheds further light on HL theory by proposing that LKSB serves as a motivational basis for the relationship between HL and employees’ work engagement. By bolstering the mediating mechanism of LKSB, the findings provide new, deeper insights into the influence of HL on all three dimensions of work engagement.

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Citation

Al Hawamdeh, N. (2022), "The influence of humble leadership on employees’ work engagement: the mediating role of leader knowledge-sharing behaviour", VINE Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/VJIKMS-03-2022-0083

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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