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King Frederick the Great – Anti-Machiavellian and Servant Leader?

King Frederick the Great – Anti-Machiavellian and Servant Leader? PurposeThis study aims to include two major objectives. Firstly, Frederick’s leadership is explored and characterized. Secondly, it is examined as to why a leader may (or may not) adopt servant leadership behavior in the case of Frederick II, King of Prussia.Design/methodology/approachThe applied methodology is a historical examination of Frederick II’s leadership, an eighteenth-century’s monarch who has the reputation of being the “first servant of the state.” The analysis is conducted from the perspective of modern servant leadership research.FindingsThis study shows Frederick remains a rather non-transparent person of contradictions. The authors identified multiple reasons which explain why a leader may adopt servant leadership. Frederick’s motives to adopt a certain leadership behavior appear timeless and, thus, he most likely shares the same antecedents with today’s top executives.Research limitations/implicationsThe authors identified various antecedents of individual servant leadership dimensions, an under-research area to date.Originality/valueTo the best of authors’ knowledge, this study is the first to look at Frederick's leadership style through the lens of modern servant leadership. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Management History Emerald Publishing

King Frederick the Great – Anti-Machiavellian and Servant Leader?

Journal of Management History , Volume 26 (2): 28 – Apr 14, 2020

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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1751-1348
DOI
10.1108/JMH-05-2019-0034
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PurposeThis study aims to include two major objectives. Firstly, Frederick’s leadership is explored and characterized. Secondly, it is examined as to why a leader may (or may not) adopt servant leadership behavior in the case of Frederick II, King of Prussia.Design/methodology/approachThe applied methodology is a historical examination of Frederick II’s leadership, an eighteenth-century’s monarch who has the reputation of being the “first servant of the state.” The analysis is conducted from the perspective of modern servant leadership research.FindingsThis study shows Frederick remains a rather non-transparent person of contradictions. The authors identified multiple reasons which explain why a leader may adopt servant leadership. Frederick’s motives to adopt a certain leadership behavior appear timeless and, thus, he most likely shares the same antecedents with today’s top executives.Research limitations/implicationsThe authors identified various antecedents of individual servant leadership dimensions, an under-research area to date.Originality/valueTo the best of authors’ knowledge, this study is the first to look at Frederick's leadership style through the lens of modern servant leadership.

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Journal of Management HistoryEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 14, 2020

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