The servant-leadership philosophy incorporated in the corporate culture of a culturally-diverse retail company in New Zealand : a case study approach

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Du Plessis, Andries
Saito, Leo Kazuhiko
Mangalaraj, Daniel
Seth, Nitin
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2016-12
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New Zealand
retailers
diversity
workplace diversity
leadership
motivation
commitment
servant
leader
performance
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Du Plessis, A. J., Saito, L., Mangalaraj, D., & Seth, N. (2016, November). The Servant-Leadership Philosophy Incorporated in the Corporate Culture of a Culturally-Diverse Retail Company in New Zealand: A Case Study Approach. Editor Tanzil Hoque, Australian Social Sciences and Business Research Institute, Australia (Ed.), World Business, Finance and Management (WBFAM) Conference (pp.1-12).
Abstract
Leader’ is often heard referring to senior managers of organisations. They are ‘managers’ in this context. Leadership is about influencing others to willingly and enthusiastically direct their efforts and abilities towards organisational goals. This research focused on servant leadership (SL); surveyed one of NZ’s biggest organisations with 12,000 staff as a case study. Survey results show that SL is embraced; the majority participants are positive towards SL. To measure effectiveness of leadership, this research determines ‘motivation’ and ‘commitment’ as the key indicators. SL motivates the participants to face and overcome challenges and go beyond their differences to cooperate with their supervisors and co-workers as they move towards the organisation’s goals. Recommendations are how SL could enhance relationships in culturally-diverse organisations.
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