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Companies would do well to tailor training and recruitment measures to encourage managers who have empathy, integrity and are trustworthy—because they can improve productivity, according to new research from the University of Exeter Business School.
Bosses who are so-called 'servant leaders' create a positive culture of trust and fairness in the workplace. In turn, they benefit through creating loyal and positive teams. This type of manager has personal integrity and is also keen to encourage staff development. The new research shows clear evidence of a link between this style of leadership and an increase in productivity.
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Researchers examined 130 independent studies which had previously been published and used them to test a number of theories.
"Our work shows that, as we expected, a 'servant leader' style of management which is ethical, trustworthy and has a real interest in the wellbeing and development of staff brings about real positives within the workplace," said Dr. Allan...
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