Jan Borkowski, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg

     About Jan

    Jan studied Business Administration at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany) and Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina). After working as a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group for two years, he joined the interdisciplinary RespectResearchGroup in October 2008 to pursue his research into respectful leadership.


    PhD project

    Antecedents of Respectful Leadership – When does Respectful Leadership Succeed?


    A leader applying a respectful leadership style in dealing with employees shows trust, acknowledgment, politeness, and fairness, among other behaviors. The relevance of respectful leadership can first of all be based on a normative point of view, as all human beings deserve respectful treatment. Furthermore, research shows positive effects on respectfully led employees, e.g. an increased job satisfaction. Finally, respectful leadership constitutes an important base for companies and organizations to take on their corporate social responsibility (CSR).

    In order to understand what causes respectful leadership to succeed, its antecedents will be investigated. This ranges from surrounding factors describing the environment in which respectful leadership takes place to personal factors within the leader. Additionally, the effects of respectful leadership on employee experiences and performance will be studied. For this purpose, a model of the relations around respectful leadership is suggested and a research plan is presented to test this model.




    Prof. Dr. Egbert Kahle, Leuphana University Lueneburg, Germany

    Prof. Dr. Thomas Beschorner, Hochschule St. Gallen, Switzerland



    jan.borkowski [at] doctoral-academy [dot] net