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The impact of servant leadership dimensions on leader-member exchange among health care professionals
University of Gothenburg, Sweden; Nordic School of Public Health NHV, Sweden.
RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2838-6457
RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Materials and Production, IVF. University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
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2015 (English)In: Journal of Nursing Management, ISSN 0966-0429, E-ISSN 1365-2834, Vol. 24, no 2, p. 228-234Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Aim: The aim of the current study was to investigate the impact of servant leadership dimensions on leader-member exchange (LMX) among health-care professionals. Background: Leadership support and the quality of the dyadic relationship between the leader and the employee are essential regarding the work environment and turnover intentions in health care. Method: A questionnaire-based cross-sectional study was undertaken at four hospital units in Sweden. The study sample included 240 employees. Results: Significant bivariate correlations were found between all servant leadership dimensions and LMX. The strongest correlations were found between 'humility' and LMX (r = 0.69, P < 0.001), and 'empowerment' and LMX (r = 0.67, P < 0.001). The hierarchical regression analyses indicated that 'empowerment', 'humility' and 'stewardship' explained about 55% of the variance in LMX. Conclusion: In our study servant leadership dimensions were strongly related to LMX. Implications for nursing management: The results identify specific servant leadership dimensions that are likely to be useful for developing a stronger exchange relationship between the leader (e.g. nursing manager) and individual subordinates in health care.

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Blackwell Publishing Ltd , 2015. Vol. 24, no 2, p. 228-234
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Health care, Leader-member exchange, Leadership, Servant leadership, Social exchange
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-13309DOI: 10.1111/jonm.12304Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84927946089OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ri-13309DiVA, id: diva2:973515
Available from: 2016-09-22 Created: 2016-09-22 Last updated: 2019-07-09Bibliographically approved

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