An examination of the light and dark antecedents of servant leadership

Nathan Mark Eva, Sen Sendjaya, Kendall Herbert, Mulyadi Robin

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract


This research seeks to identify personality antecedents that lead to servant leadership. Using three waves of multi-source, multi-level data obtained from 151 employees from 39 teams in a large Australian transportation firm, we found that leader’s pro-social motivation and Machiavellianism positively predicted servant leadership behaviors and leader’s narcissism and psychopathy were negatively related to servant leadership behaviors. However, the leader’s core self- evaluation and moral attentiveness were not related to servant leadership behaviors. In addition, we found that servant leadership increases employees’ duty orientation and reduces their interpersonal workplace deviant behaviors.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventAnnual Meeting of the Academy of Management 2017 - Atlanta, United States of America
Duration: 4 Aug 20178 Aug 2017
Conference number: 77th


ConferenceAnnual Meeting of the Academy of Management 2017
Abbreviated titleAoM 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America


  • Leadership Antecedents
  • Servant Leadership
  • Pro Social Motivation

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