Title: The human side of leadership: exploring the relationship between servant leadership, organisational facilitators and happiness at work
Authors: Andrés Salas Vallina; Rafael Fernández Guerrero
Addresses: Department of Business Management, University of Valencia, Av. Tarongers s/n, 46022, Valencia, Spain ' Department of Business Management, University of Valencia, Av. Tarongers s/n, 46022, Valencia, Spain
Abstract: Although human resource management (HRM) research has established a significant relationship between leadership styles and different attitudinal outcomes, few studies have considered the important role of organisational facilitators as a more proximal outcome of servant leadership to explain happiness at work (HAW). This paper explores the relationships between servant leadership, organisational facilitators and HAW, based on the leader-member exchange (LMX) and job-demands resources (JD-R) theories. Individual-level analyses from a sample of 189 machine operators revealed that organisational facilitators fully mediate the relationship between servant leadership and HAW. The discussion reviews the implications of these results and suggests future research directions.
Keywords: leadership; servant leadership; leadership style; organisational facilitators; positive attitudes; happiness; HAW; happiness at work; engagement; job satisfaction; affective organisational commitment; job-demands resources theory; LMX; leader-member exchange; mediation; quantitative analysis; HRM blackbox.
International Journal of Environment and Health, 2018 Vol.9 No.2, pp.131 - 150
Received: 12 Apr 2017
Accepted: 14 Jun 2017
Published online: 25 Jun 2018 *