My meaning is my engagement: exploring the mediating role of meaning between servant leadership and work engagement

Muhammad Mumtaz Khan, Muhammad Shujaat Mubarik, Syed Saad Ahmed, Tahir Islam, Essa Khan, Asif Rehman, Farhan Sohail

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of the study is to ascertain the mediating role of meaning between servant leadership and work engagement. The study also explores the relationship between servant leadership and work engagement.

Design/methodology/approach: The data were collected from 704 service sector employees working in Pakistan through survey design. The data analysis was done through structural equation modeling using PLS-Smart and hierarchical regression using SPSS. 

Findings: The results revealed that servant leadership was related to meaning and work engagement. Moreover, meaning was found to be related to work engagement. Finally, meaning was found to mediate the relationship between servant leadership and work engagement.

Originality/value: The research has ascertained the previously unexplored mediating role of meaning between servant leadership and work engagement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)926-941
Number of pages16
JournalLeadership and Organization Development Journal
Volume42
Issue number6
Early online date2 Jun 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jul 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Meaning
  • Servant leadership
  • Service sector
  • Work engagement

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