Title: The role of leadership in fostering public service motivation in post-conflict states

Authors: Norman Tafirenyika Nhede

Addresses: School of Public Management and Administration, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Abstract: This article explores the relationship between leadership and public service motivation in post-conflict states. Conflict is ubiquitous and heterogeneous. It affects the way in which public institutions operate. Information was gathered through a review of contemporary literature on administrative challenges in post-conflict states and was analysed to establish the role of leadership in fostering public service motivation. The article established that leadership plays an important role in the overall performance of public sector organisations. The findings are relevant because leadership is essential for the achievement of organisational goals. The public service requires not only skilled staff but also motivated employees to implement the agenda of the post-conflict state. Thus, there is a need to keep the public servants motivated in order for them to participate effectively in rebuilding public administration institutions that would have become dysfunctional as a result of conflict.

Keywords: transformational leadership; transactional leadership; motivation; post-conflict states; transformation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMP.2019.096681

International Journal of Management Practice, 2019 Vol.12 No.1, pp.81 - 93

Received: 18 Aug 2017
Accepted: 02 May 2018

Published online: 05 Nov 2018 *

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