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How Servant Leadership Motivates Innovative Behavior: A Moderated Mediation Model

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School of Medical Business, Guangdong Pharmaceutical University, Guangzhou 510006, China
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School of Business Administration, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(13), 4753; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17134753
Received: 26 May 2020 / Revised: 23 June 2020 / Accepted: 24 June 2020 / Published: 2 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Occupational Health Psychology)
Drawing on social identity theory, this study examines the effect of servant leadership on university teachers’ innovative behavior through the self-concept constructs of perceived insider status and organization-based self-esteem, and the moderating effect of leader–member exchange (LMX). This moderated mediation model was tested with two waves of data from 269 university teachers in China. Results reveal that the self-concept constructs mediate the relationship between servant leadership and university teachers’ innovative behavior. Moreover, LMX strengthens the relationship between servant leadership and the self-concept constructs, as well as the indirect effect of servant leadership on university teachers’ innovative behavior through the self-concept constructs. Findings suggest that servant leadership is related to increased innovative behavior due to its positive influence on the self-concept of university teachers and it highlights the importance of developing a favorable supervisor–subordinate relationship. View Full-Text
Keywords: servant leadership; perceived insider status; organization-based self-esteem; innovative behavior; LMX servant leadership; perceived insider status; organization-based self-esteem; innovative behavior; LMX
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Zeng, J.; Xu, G. How Servant Leadership Motivates Innovative Behavior: A Moderated Mediation Model. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 4753. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17134753

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