An Examination of the Role of Spiritual Leadership and Servant Leadership on Knowledge Creation

  • Preetha Suresh Research Scholar, University of Mysore, ISME Research Centre
  • M Ramesh Kumar Associate Professor, ISME
Keywords: Spiritual Leadership, Servant Leadership, Knowledge Creation


The business environment is in a constant state of flux characterised by increased competition, uncertainty and restructuring to incorporate more effective work models to sustain growth. Organizations are required to leverage employee knowledge and capabilities to ensure sustained competitive advantage. In this process, leaders are required to be the facilitators of knowledge creation and transmission within the organization. Knowledge creation and management is relevant for the workers themselves and for the organizations. In this sense, this paper aims to discuss the role and effectiveness of spiritual and servant leadership in knowledge creation in organizations. This study also views knowledge creation and management as the dynamic set of activities undertaken by organizations to optimally use the knowledge within the boundaries of the organization. These processes are further linked to complex human involvement and interactions. The relevance of altering leadership dimensions in reaction to paradigm shifts in business processes and workforce management becomes an important study to be undertaken. In this context, the researchers have conducted primary research to explore the relationship between leadership styles and knowledge creation in the organizations. The study looks at both spiritual and service leadership and their influence on knowledge creation strategies in organizations. On the basis of their study the researchers have proposed a model to explore the effectiveness of spiritual and servant leadership styles on knowledge creation at the individual level. It was found from the study result that, only spiritual leadership was found to be effective creation of knowledge among the employees.

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