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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2018, Vol. 26 ›› Issue (10): 1734-1748.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2018.01734

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The dynamic and reciprocal effects of servant leadership on thriving at work

LI Chaoping1(), MAO Kaixian2   

  1. 1 School of Public Administration and Policy, Renmin University of China, Beijing 100872, China
    2 Department of Management, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong, China
  • Received:2018-03-11 Online:2018-10-15 Published:2018-08-27
  • Contact: LI Chaoping


Drawing upon the conservation of resources theory, this study tries to uncover and reveal the cross-level mechanisms of servant leadership’s effects on thriving at work for individuals and teams, the boundary conditions and the reciprocal effects between servant leadership and subordinates. This study adopts a longitudinal design and reciprocal design and includes research methods such as literature analysis and longitudinal survey study. This study therefore aims to deepen the understandings of the mechanism of servant leadership, contribute to the understandings of the dynamic nature of leadership, expand the study of the antecedents of thriving at work, and provide guidance for various organizations to improve leadership styles, contribute to leadership effectiveness and boost employees’ thriving at work. We also expect that due to this study, talents selection and training in all kinds of organizations and the overall development of people can be benefited, the positive relationship between leaders and subordinates can be established, and organizational culture and the long-term development of the organizations can be improved.

Key words: servant leadership, thriving at work, initiative, longitudinal study