Dataset: A conceptual framework to develop servant leaders
ABSTRACT Purpose: The general aim of this study was to determine the personal and organizational antecedents and barriers to develop servant leaders. The results were used to conceptualize a framework to develop servant leaders effectively in organizations. Research method: A qualitative research design was used in the form of focus groups. A non-probability sample of 39 managers was drawn from a construction company. Findings: The results indicated that servant leadership development was promoted by personal antecedents such as personal attributes, competence, life experiences, and commitment and by organizational antecedents such as development opportunities, leadership support, performance management, 360 surveys, communication, strategic alignment, and organizational culture. Servant leadership development was furthermore hindered by personal barriers such as personal attributes and life experiences and by organizational barriers such as organizational demands, lack of leadership support, and constant changes. Managerial implications: A five-phase framework is proposed by this study to develop servant leaders effectively in an organization. Management and practitioners can use this framework to design and implement servant leadership development programs effectively in organizations. Keywords: Leadership development, servant leadership, barriers, antecedents.