Servant Leadership in Saudi Arabia:
Leadership is a process of influence between leaders and subordinates where a leader attempts to influence the behaviour of subordinates to achieve the organisational goals. Success in achieving the organisational goals and objectives depends on the leaders of the organisation and their leadership styles. By adopting the appropriate leadership styles, leaders can affect employees’ job satisfaction. Servant leadership seeks to identify and meet followers’ needs, and promote their success and well-being through a follower-centric, generative approach to leadership. Recently, the servant leadership style has gained more credibility and support by virtue of the scholars of Greenleaf, the founder of servant leadership theory. Although there are numerous studies and researches conducted on servant leadership studies, which support the positive influences of servant leadership on individuals’ job satisfaction in a variety of organisations, servant leadership and its relation to job satisfaction has not been addressed for different types of organisations in Saudi Arabia context, particularly in the case of the non-for-profit organisations such as the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA).
This study is the first of its kind to test the construct validity of the OLA questionnaire in Saudi Arabia context