Servant Leadership and Employee Advocacy: The Mediating Role of Psychological Empowerment and Perceived Relationship Investment

Patrick David Thelen, Cen April Yue


The current study examines how servant leadership relates with employee advocacy behaviors through the mediating role of psychological empowerment and perceived relationship investment (PRI). Through a quantitative survey with 357 employees who work for a variety of organizations in Chile, the study’s results indicated that servant leadership plays a critical role in fostering psychological empowerment and PRI, which in turn encourage employee advocacy behaviors. Relevant theoretical and practical implications are discussed.


employee advocacy, psychological empowerment, perceived relationship investment, servant leadership

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