Importance The article analyzes the servant leadership as the concept of economy-of-knowledge leadership that relies upon principles of ethics. The analysis brinks on the edge of philosophy, areas of economics in terms of effectiveness of the corporate concept of organizational behavior, labor productivity. We synthesized the concept on the basis of the illicit knowledge management model by considering five hypotheses from theoretical, institutional, economic perspectives of the concept. Objectives The research pursues analyzing the servant leadership concept, synthesizing the concept for purposes of the illicit knowledge model and outlining recommendations on how to formulate the concept of leadership in the organizational knowledge management model under the Russian environment. Methods The research involves general scientific methods of theoretical, empirical cognition. Results We supplemented the concept of managerial functions of the manager within the economy of knowledge with the higher function of mindset. The article classifies leadership theories that have emerged since 1967, and generates a value-based approach. We analyzed the servant leadership function in philosophy, economics, corporate performance, formulated requirements to the leadership model in terms of the organization knowledge management model from theoretical, institutional, economic perspectives. Conclusions and Relevance The concept is concluded to be inapplicable in the Russian conditions to influence the effectiveness of organizational behavior since corporate governance practices and its specifics significantly differ in Russia and the USA. We tried to substantiate the implementation of management concepts, including leadership and organizational behavior, in the first- and second-class clusters that are typical of Russia. The findings are useful to articulate national theories of leadership, knowledge management model, practices of managerial competence advancement in the economy of knowledge, refining tools to extract illicit corporate knowledge during a hybrid combination of real and virtual space of management.
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