Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Arts (MA)
Sharon Timberlake PhD
Daniel Jenkins PhD
servant leadership, antecedents, religion, military, integrity, qualitative, phenomenology, Leadership and Organizational Studies
The purpose of the study was to explore the preceding essence of the individual who is a servant leader. In search of antecedents, the researcher used a qualitative method with a phenomenological design, exploring what brought the participants to utilize servant leadership. Furthermore, the researcher aimed to fill a gap by asking participants to provide their stories of what brought them to employ such a leadership style versus suggesting answers. This qualitative research study was conducted to answer the question: "What are the antecedents of the person who practices servant leadership?" A criterion sample was used to recruit servant leaders through the social media network LinkedIn.com. Three subjects participated in the study and were found to have common antecedents featuring religion and military service combined with personal and educational influences, as well as characteristics such as integrity, compassion, supportive, and responsible. Other commonalities of the participants included planning and training experience, as well as reading, exercise and sleep for self-care.
Kindelan, Maria Anne, "Exploring Antecedents of Those Who Practice Servant Leadership" (2019). All Theses & Dissertations. 373.