What is it about?

Knowledge sharing is crucial for organizations but employees often do not share their knowledge because they don not realize that others may need their knowledge and/or they do not feel that others may require their help. In other words, employees are not always particularly social mindful. This article shows that respectful leaders can enhance knowledge sharing among employees through their positive effects on employees' social mindfulness.

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Why is it important?

Mindfulness increasingly attracts attention in the workplace. We demonstrate that not only the individual employee may profit from being mindful, but also others who receive more knowledge from socially mindful colleagues. Furthermore, we point out that being respectful as a leaders is crucial to trigger social mindfulness in followers. Organizations could thus develop their leaders and their employees to consider the need of others to ultimately develop a knowledge-rich organization.

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Being an Ashtanga Yoga Teacher myself, I find it exciting to bring the insights and benefits of a mindful attitude to the corporate world and show that it ultimatelly manifests in higher organizational performance.

Fabiola Heike Gerpott
WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management

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This page is a summary of: Respectful leadership and followers’ knowledge sharing: A social mindfulness lens, Human Relations, April 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/0018726719844813.
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