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Servant leadership, employer brand perception, trust in leaders and turnover intentions: a sequential mediation model

Abstract

The study aimed to examine the impact of the servant leadership style on employee turnover intentions by investigating the sequential mediating effects of employer brand perception and level of trust subordinates have in their leaders. Results of the study were obtained by analysing data collected from 253 employees working in Indian organizations. The results fully support the hypotheses proposed in the study, illustrating that perceived servant leadership style is negatively associated with employee turnover intentions. Further, servant leadership-turnover intentions relationship is sequentially mediated by employer brand perception and the level of trust subordinates have in their leaders. The study also found that only the servant leadership style followed by leaders was not enough to directly influence the level of trust employees placed in their leaders. A positive and strong employer brand perception emerged as an important mechanism that helped servant leaders gain the trust of their followers. The theoretical and managerial implications are further discussed in the light of these findings.

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Kashyap, V., Rangnekar, S. Servant leadership, employer brand perception, trust in leaders and turnover intentions: a sequential mediation model. Rev Manag Sci 10, 437–461 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11846-014-0152-6

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Keywords

  • Employer brand perception
  • Servant leadership
  • Sequential mediation analysis
  • Trust in leaders
  • Turnover intentions

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