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Passive leadership and the impact it has on both employees and the organisation

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Keywords: passive leadership, trust, organisational justice, job satisfaction, job performance, organisational citizenship behaviours, job commitment, organisational commitment, laissez-faire leadership, management-by-exception, trust privacy model, affect-based trust

Whilst much of the current research literature focuses on transformational and servant leadership, there is a growing interest on the impact effects of passive leadership. This interest appears to stem from the fact that it has been identified that passive leadership is rife in many of today’s organisations and the fact that, as a method of leadership, it has largely been ignored in the research and organisational development literature.

Passive leadership

Passive leadership comprises two distinct leadership forms:

1. Passive management-by-exception
2. Laissez-faire leadership.

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