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administrative sciences Article Can Servant Leaders Fuel the Leadership Fire? The Relationship between Servant Leadership and Followers’ Leadership Avoidance Martin Lacroix 1, * and Armin Pircher Verdorfer 2 1 Faculty of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies, University of Giessen, Karl-Glöckner-Straße 21, 35394 Giessen, Germany 2 School of Management, Technical University of Munich, Arcisstraße 21, 80333 München, Germany; [email protected] * Correspondence: [email protected] Academic Editors: Dirk van Dierendonck, Sigrun Gunnarsd ó ttir and Kathleen A. Patterson Received: 14 January 2017; Accepted: 21 February 2017; Published: 27 February 2017 Abstract: This study tested the effect of servant leadership on followers’ inclinations to strive for and, in contrast, to avoid leadership responsibility. Results from a study in the health care context, including two waves of data from 222 employees, revealed that servant leadership had a small but positive effect on followers’ leadership avoidance. This effect was influenced by followers’ implicit conception of an ideal leader. Specifically, servant leadership was found to reduce leadership avoidance when the congruence with the followers’ ideal leader prototype was high. Furthermore, followers’ core self-evaluations and affective motivation to lead mediated the relationship between servant leadership and reduced leadership avoidance. Implications of these patterns for theory and practice and avenues for future research are discussed. Keywords: servant leadership; leadership avoidance; motivation to lead; core self-evaluations 1. Introduction One of the core tenets of servant leadership theory is that servant leaders instill in followers a desire to serve others [ 1 , 2 ]. Research in this field has convincingly argued that servant leaders are uniquely effective in developing and nurturing service values among followers. More specifically, it is thought that servant leaders represent strong role models that influence followers via learning processes and vicarious experiences and, thus, eventually imbue the importance of service within their teams [ 2 ]. Empirical support for this notion comes from a study conducted by Walumbwa, Hartnell and Oke [ 3 ] who surveyed leaders and their followers from several multinational companies in Kenya. They found servant leadership to be positively related to service climate, which represents a “collection of behavioral features or activities of the departments all focusing explicitly on service quality” [ 4 ] (p. 1022). More recently, Liden Wayne, Liao and Meuser [ 5 ] further substantiated this notion. In a study conducted in the USA with restaurant leaders and their teams, they found that servant leadership shapes a serving culture in organizations that goes even beyond the service climate with its emphasis on customer service. Rather, the notion of serving culture explicitly refers to an organizational environment in which all members, leaders and followers “share the understanding
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