An examination of COGIC clergy leaders' servant leadership characteristics for evidence of the selfless FMO

by Smith, Tamara L., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2013, 119 pages; 3593159


Servant leadership theory deals with a leader's ability to simultaneously perform the roles of a leader and a servant. While Spears (2004) believed the ten characteristics of a true servant leader were listening, empathy, healing, awareness, conceptualization, persuasion, foresight, stewardship, commitment to growth of people and building community; McCuddy and Cavin (2008) found certain fundamental moral orientations (FMOs) preexisted in those who exhibit the ten servant leadership characteristics (SLCs). An individual's FMO of selfishness, selflessness and/or self-fullness is a precursor for the concern one has for his/her own interests or the interests of those in the community (McCuddy & Cavin, 2008). The purpose of this quantitative research study examined the SLCs of clergy leaders in a specific Christian denomination that perpetuated servant leadership to see if they would exhibit the selfless FMO more often than either the self-full or selfish orientations. The problem identified was no one knew if a relationship existed between Christian leaders SLCs and the selfless FMO because a gap existed within the literature. One hypothesis was tested to determine if a relationship existed and results indicated a strong correlation existed between Christian clergy leaders' SLCs and the selfless FMO.

AdviserLilburn Hoehn
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsBusiness administration; Management; Organizational behavior
Publication Number3593159

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