Stronger Together: Conditional Indirect Effect of Servant Leadership on Transactive Memory Systems

Emily M. David (First Author), Lars U. Johnson (Participant Author), Tyleen N. Lopez, Ching-Yuan Meng

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Abstract

The leadership literature suggests that followers are likely to be autonomously motivated when working for servant leaders, leading them to experience greater psychological empowerment. Guided by self-determination theory, we predicted that this empowerment would then heighten individuals' perceptions of their teams' transactive memory systems. When subordinates perceive that discrimination is occurring in their workgroup, however, we expected that the empowerment-transactive memory systems link would be weakened. This moderated mediation model was tested at multiple timepoints using 211 employees from a variety of industries and job types. The results generally supported our predictions, and the implications for theory and practice are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Leadership and Organizational Studies
Issue numberEarly Access
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Corresponding author email

larsjohnson@wayne.edu

Keywords

  • empowerment
  • perceived discrimination
  • self-determination theory
  • servant leadership
  • transactive memory systems

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  • ABDC-B
  • SSCI

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