Fostering leader -follower interaction as a consumptive experience in the Baptist Church: An investigation of the dramaturgical value of servant leadership

by Fowler, Shedrick L., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2008, 175 pages; 3297527


There is a growing body of evidence in leadership research that leader-follower interaction can become a consumptive experience for followers. When supported by the servant leadership style, the effectiveness of the leader-follower interaction and the subsequent value of the consumptive experience can be significantly influenced by the application of dramaturgical elements of framing, scripting, staging and performance. This study was divided into two phases. In the first phase two 5-point Likert scale Leadership Attribute Surveys were distributed, one to the participating pastors and the other to their respective congregants. The data collected from the leadership attributes surveys were analyzed for quantitative relationships, frequencies and variances among the church members. Special emphasis was placed on how the Baptist Pastors examined themselves on the attributes of servant leadership. In the second phase three of the participating churches were selected to participate in the group interview phase. During this phase three group interview sessions were conducted and using a phenomenological approach, the data was used to gain greater insight and understanding of the lived consumptive experience. The results of surveys administered to a sample of Baptist Pastors and their congregants as well as those compiled during the interview sessions reveal that leader-follower interaction, fostered by servant leadership and enhanced by dramaturgical technique, is manifested and recognized in varying but identifiable degrees among the study subjects examined. The results serve as an ideal framework for the development of teaching and training programs that can work not only to make Baptist ministers and their ministries more compelling and more powerful but also to create for the members of their churches a more pleasurable and satisfying consumptive experience.

AdviserJanice Spangenburg
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsReligion; Management
Publication Number3297527

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