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Adm. Sci. 2017, 7(1), 5; doi:10.3390/admsci7010005

The Functions of a Servant Leader

Faculty of Management, University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park 2006, South Africa
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Academic Editors: Dirk van Dierendonck, Sigrun Gunnarsdóttir and Kathleen A. Patterson
Received: 13 January 2017 / Revised: 10 February 2017 / Accepted: 20 February 2017 / Published: 24 February 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Servant Leadership, New Directions in Research, Theory and Practice)
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Servant leadership has been researched internationally and various types of favourable individual, team, and organisational outcomes have been linked to the construct. Different servant leadership measures have been validated to date and a clear distinction has been made between the theory of servant leadership and other leadership theories. However, it seems that research on the implementation of servant leadership within an organisation is still in need. The main functions of a servant leader are not yet conceptualised in the literature to help researchers or practitioners to implement servant leadership successfully within organisations. After conducting a systematic literature review, the main functions of a servant leader were identified. These functions were clustered into strategic servant leadership and operational servant leadership and supported by servant leadership characteristics and competencies as defined by current literature. The results of this study might help practitioners to develop servant leaders more effectively and assist organisations to cultivate a servant leadership culture within companies. Limitations and future research needs are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: servant leadership; practice; organisational development; systematic literature review servant leadership; practice; organisational development; systematic literature review
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Coetzer, M.F.; Bussin, M.; Geldenhuys, M. The Functions of a Servant Leader. Adm. Sci. 2017, 7, 5.

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