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Cornell Hospitality quarterly article states "Do as I Do" Is the best prescription for quality
The hospitality industry research study, "The Effects of Leadership Style on Hotel Employees' Commitment to Service Quality", is the featured article in the May CQ and is available at no charge from Cornell's Center for Hospitality Research, which publishes the Cornell Hospitality Quarterly (http://www.hotelschool.cornell.edu/research/chr/pubs/quarterly/).
The study matched up managers' and employees' views about their hotel's commitment to quality. In addition, the researchers asked employees about their shared values, role clarity, and job satisfaction. They found that a directive leadership approach fails to drive service quality. On the other hand, an empowering leadership style promotes the shared values that are critical for service excellence. The researchers were surprised to find that a participative management style did not promote shared values, and they suggest that managers evaluate the extent to which they are actually involving employees in decision making.
The researchers conclude: "This study confirms the hotel industry's need to start with management for improving service quality." However, they point out that guests will see this commitment only as it is reflected in the service given by front-line employees.
Clark is an assistant professor at East Carolina University, Hartline is an associate professor at Florida State University, and Jones is an associate professor at North Carolina A&T State University.
Published by Cornell's Center for Hospitality Research, the award-winning Cornell Hospitality Quarterly is available by subscription from Sage Publishing at http://cqx.sagepub.com/.
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