A Theoretical Approach to Spiritual Leadership in Public Organizations

Is Spiritual Leadership a Good Fit for Public Managers?

Authored by: Kira Haensel , Jean-Claude Garcia-Zamor

The Routledge Companion to Management and Workplace Spirituality

Print publication date:  March  2019
Online publication date:  March  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138499188
eBook ISBN: 9781351015110
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Existing literature suggests several issues regarding leadership development in public administration including but not limited to the disputed definition of public administration leadership, the appropriateness of different leadership styles, and the relationship between political and administrative leadership. Research on public service motivation has revealed that public sector employees tend to be more altruistically motivated compared to their private sector counterparts. We will therefore have a closer look at spiritual leadership as a leadership style for managers in public administration. We ask in what way spiritual leadership could be a fitting model for leadership in public administration, and what distinct features from the private sector require the further development of public sector leadership.

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