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Completed Doctoral Disserations/Masters Theses

Title:
Servant Leadership and Effective Classroom Teaching
Author(s):

Metzcar, Aaron M.

asmametzcar@sbcglobal.net

Degree:
Ed.D.
Year:
2008
Pages:
215
Institution:
Indiana Wesleyan University
Advisor:
Dr. Harry Hall
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The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between ServantLeadership and effective teaching. There is research to support a positive correlation between the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) certified teachers and effective teaching. Therefore, for the purpose of this research, those teacherswho are NBPTS certified were considered as representative of effective teaching. A group of 764 National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs) from preschool to twelfth grade were surveyed using the Teacher Leadership Assessment (TLA). The study also explored the strongest and weakest qualities of Servant Leadership displayed by the sample. The criteria used to define these qualities were developed by Laub in his 1999research. The study analyzed the data further by examining hypotheses to determine if the grade level taught, the length of time as a teacher, or the length of time one has been certified by the NBPTS had an effect on the level of Servant Leadership displayed.  To accomplish this study a new survey instrument to measure the level of Servant Leadership of a classroom teacher and to test the instrument’s reliability and validity.  The new survey instrument, the Teacher Leadership Assessment (TLA), was created through the modification of an existing survey instrument, the Organizational Leadership Assessment (OLA) (Laub, 1999). The results of the study indicate that there may be a positive relationship between Servant Leadership and effective teaching. The results further indicate that of the Servant Leadership constructs identified by Laub (1999), “provides leadership” was the greatest strength displayed by NBCTs, while “builds community” was the greatest weakness. The results also indicate that the grade level taught has a statistically significant relationship to the level of Servant Leadership displayed (p < 0.0001). Another statistically significant relationship was found between the length of time one has been a teacher and the level of Servant Leadership displayed (p < 0.0107). Finally, this research found that the length of time one has been an NBCT does not have a statistically significant relationship toServant Leadership (p < 0.262).

 
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Title:
Employee Perception of Servant Leadership and Job Satisfaction in a Call Center: A Correlational Study 
Author(s):

Chu, Hai-Wen

hw_chu@hotmail.com

Degree:
 Ph.D
Year:
 2008
Pages:
 172
Institution:
 University of Phoenix
Advisor:
 Dr. Carol Himelhoch.
Source:
 
Abstract:
 Current servant leadership studies have supported positive influences of servant

leadership on individuals’ job satisfaction in a variety of organizations, but there is a lack

of empirical research in call centers. The purpose of this quantitative correlational

research study was to explore any relationship between employees’ perception of servant

leadership and job satisfaction at a call center. Results indicated that in the call center,

servant leadership was positively correlated to individuals’ job satisfaction. There were

no significant statistical differences when controlling the factors of gender, seniority, and

job position, but education level and licensure requirement did impact employees’

perceptions of servant leadership principles and job satisfaction.

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Title:
 Servant Leadership: A Model for Organizations Desiring a Workplace Spirituality Culture
Author(s):

Herman, Rebecca L.

rlh-aoii@pacbell.net  858-213-9501

Degree:
 Ph.D.
Year:
 2008
Pages:
 127
Institution:
 Capella University
Advisor:
 Dr. Janice M. Spangelburg
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Abstract:
 The purpose of this quantitative correlational research was to see to what degree a relationship exists between organizational servant leadership and workplace spirituality for a diverse group of adults working in a variety of organizational settings. Using the Organizational Leadership Assessment (OLA), the independent variable, organizational servant leadership, was measured by the degree to which valuing people, developing people, building community, displaying authenticity, providing leadership, and sharing leadership (Laub, 1999) were present from the organizational members’ perspective. Using the Dimensions of Spirituality at Work (DSW), the dependent variable, workplace spirituality, was measured by the degree to which conditions for community, meaning at work, inner life, work unit community, work unit values, individual and the organization, and organization values (Ashmos & Duchon, 2000) were present from the organizational members’ perspective. Pearson’s coefficients of correlation test was selected to determine the magnitude and direction of the relationship between organizational member perceptions of servant leadership and workplace spirituality. The results were significant at the 0.01 level and there was a positive correlation between employee perceptions of organizational servant leadership and workplace spirituality. For this sample, servant-led organizations had higher levels of workplace spirituality. This research also sought to learn if there was a relationship between demographics and five areas in this study were found to have a significant correlation. For servant leadership, the role in the organization and educational level was a significant determinant. For workplace spirituality, the organization classification, role in the organization, and race were significant. Organizations desiring a workplace spirituality culture should consider the servant  leadership model. Hiring leaders and organizational members who possess the qualities of a servant leader and by developing training programs to further develop servant leadership behaviors in organizational members is one approach to implementing this model. This study also indicates that there is a gap in what top leaders perceive their leadership style and prevalent organizational culture to be and what others within the organization perceive. Educating organizational members on servant leadership and workplace spirituality might raise awareness and understanding.
 
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Title:
 Leadership in Higher Education: An Investigation of Servant Leadership as a Predictor of College Performance
Author(s):
Hannigan, John B.
Degree:
 Ph.D.
Year:
 2008
Pages:
 109
Institution:
 Capella University
Advisor:
 Dr. Rubye Braye
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Abstract:
 Resulting from the Assembly Bill 1725 mandate, California community colleges and districts created participatory organizational structures to ensure that all employee and student constituency groups would participate effectively in the governance of a college and/or district. The literature suggests that while these structures are in place, participatory values have not transcended from these structures. The purpose of this exploratory study was to gain a deeper understanding of the level of servant leadership in five California community colleges and to identify if any relationship exists between the level of servant leadership and college performance. This study used the Organizational Leadership Assessment (OLA) (Laub, 1999) to measure servant leadership at the organizational level and a normalized performance index score that was based on seven performance measures. While the response rate did not meet statistically significant levels, the results from the respondents showed that servant leadership did not exist at the organizational level in the five colleges, adding support to the literature that perhaps participatory values have not transcended from the established participatory structures.  The null hypothesis correlating the performance index and servant leadership could not be rejected. However, a Spearman’s rho correlation revealed an inverse relationship between servant leadership and the two performance scores that focused on student earned awards and certificates.
 
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 UMI Number: 3296726

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Title:
  An Exploratory Study of Servant Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, and Job Satisfaction Among High-Tech Employees
Author(s):

 Regina Johnson

lrjohnson@email.phoenix.edu   602-231-2772

Degree:
 Doctoral
Year:
 2008
Pages:
 113
Institution:
 University of Phoenix
Advisor:
 Dr. James Moon
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 The empirical data collected during this study supports the idea that the practice of servant leadership principles can increase the health of an organization. Additional empirical research is giving support and creditability to the servant leadership theory. The purpose of this quantitative, correlational study was to examine if a relationship exists among servant leadership, emotional intelligence, and job satisfaction among high-tech employees in the aerospace industry. The results of this study indicated a strong positive significant correlation between the six constructs of servant leadership and job satisfaction as measured by the Organization Leadership Assessment (OLA). The empirical data collected during the present study indicated a strong positive relationship and could be used to develop leadership training programs based on servant leadership principles, establish the importance of servant leadership regardless of the industry type, and remove the barriers that impede the practice of servant leadership. The findings of this study presented no significant relationship between servant leadership and emotional intelligence and no significant relationship between emotional intelligence and job satisfaction. This study could serve as a guide to refining or giving direction to future attempts to investigate similar issues.

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Title:
 A Correlational Study of Servant Leadership and Registered Nurse Job Satisfaction in Acute Healthcare Settings
Author(s):
 Carol Amadeo
Degree:
 Ed.D.
Year:
 2008
Pages:
 171
Institution:
 University of Phoenix
Advisor:
 Todd Weber
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 Health-care leaders must address registered nurse job dissatisfaction in acute health-care settings to mitigate the critical nursing shortage.  This quantitative research study with a correlational design determined (a) the extent that RNs perceive servant leadership behaviors in nonprofit, acute health-care settings, and (b) the relationship between perceptions of servant leadership behaviors and individual job satisfaction.  A stratified sample of 313 RNs from two nonprofit acute care hospitals in the northwestern U.S. completed the Organizational Leadership Assessment (OLA) instrument.  Results indicate a strong correlation between perceptions of servant leadership behaviors and RN job satisfaction in acute health-care settings.  Implications for leadership include recruiting and developing servant-minded nurse leaders who can create a caring and satisfying servant-minded nursing practice culture. 
 
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 Nursing, Leadership, Healthcare
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Database:
 ProQuest Dissertations

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Title:
 Servant Leadership in a Community College: A Multivariate Analysis of Employees' Perceptions
Author(s):
 Laurie DeMay Adamson
Degree:
 Ph.D.
Year:
 2009
Pages:
 148
Institution:
 Walden University
Advisor:
 Dr. Daniel Salter
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