Date of Award
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Dr. Jonathan Greenberg
Dr. Marilyn Saucedo
Dr. Martinrex Kedziora
Purpose: The purpose of this sequential, explanatory mixed-methods study was to identify and describe to what extent the quality of the leader-follower relationship, as perceived by followers, affects followers’ organizational citizenship behaviors in a public-service organization.
Methodology: A sequential mixed-methods study was the chosen design for this study. The first phase consisted of quantitative research in the form of a survey questionnaire that measured followers’ organizational citizenship behaviors. The researcher then conducted semistructured, face-to-face interviews that measured the quality of the leader-follower relationship.
Findings: Followers engage in organizational citizenship behaviors at a moderate to high level. Followers willingly assist co-workers and to a lesser extent, their organization. Followers who experienced a high-quality leader-follower relationship spoke highly of their leader, the opportunities they are given to be creative in their service to the public, and their ability to work as a team to accomplish desired results. Those who did not experience a high-quality leader-follower relationship cited only their intrinsic motivation and not leader influence, as the inspiration of their efforts.
Conclusions: Public-service followers go above and beyond in their job duties regardless of the quality of relationship they experience with their leader. However, public-service followers who experience a high-quality relationship with their leader experience a deeper satisfaction in their work relationships, in their contributions and in public service.
Recommendations: It would be beneficial to replicate this study in one or more public-service organizations to better understand the leader-follower relationship and its effect on followers’ organizational citizenship behaviors.
Zaragoza, Kristina, "Exploring the Quality of the Leader-Follower Relationship and Its Effect on Followers’ Organizational Citizenship Behaviors in a Public-Service Organization" (2018). Dissertations. 206.