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The connection between trust and leadership styles in Slovene organizations


  • Jure Kovac
  • Manca Jesenko


In leadership, trust between superiors and subordinates plays a very important role. This article presents the results of empirical research covering the connection between the level of trust within an organization and leadership styles, which were defined in a dichotomous way (democratic vs. non-democratic). In order to understand the mutual connection between trust and leadership on a deeper level, we selected delegation, communication and control as important elements in the leadership process. The results obtained in the analyses indicate the connection between the level of democracy in leadership styles and the level of formalisation in delegation, communication and the control of the tasks of one’s subordinates, as well as the democracy in leadership and the level of trust.

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  • Jure Kovac & Manca Jesenko, 2010. "The connection between trust and leadership styles in Slovene organizations," Journal of East European Management Studies, Rainer Hampp Verlag, vol. 15(1), pages 9-33.
  • Handle: RePEc:rai:joeems:doi_10.1688/1862-0019_jeems_2010_01_kovac

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    trust; organisation; leadership; leadership styles; conmmunication; delegating; control;

    JEL classification:

    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • J28 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Safety; Job Satisfaction; Related Public Policy
    • L20 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - General
    • L26 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Entrepreneurship
    • M12 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - Personnel Management; Executives; Executive Compensation
    • P31 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Socialist Enterprises and Their Transitions


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