Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Randall Capps (Director), Dean May, Robert Hatfield

Degree Program

Educational Leadership Doctoral Program

Degree Type

Doctor of Education


Following Greenleaf’s (1977) seminal work in servant leadership, much has been written on the definition of servant leadership, but very little written on what it does. At the center of this research is a focus on how followers perceive servant leadership constructs/attributes, and the relationship between that perception and collective selfesteem as it relates to organizational membership. The central question guiding this research is: “Is there a relationship between perceived servant leadership constructs and collective self-esteem?” Followers’ perceptions of servant leadership constructs as defined by Patterson (2003) were investigated utilizing the Servant Leadership Assessment Instrument (SLAI) developed by Dennis (2004). In conjunction with the SLAI, Luhtanen and Crocker’s (1992) Collective Self-Esteem Scale (CSES) was administered. Survey results provide evidence of a statistically significant relationship between perceived servant leadership attributes and collective self-esteem among employees and volunteers of Together We Care, a small 501(c)3 non-profit agency practicing servant leadership.


Education | Educational Leadership | Industrial and Organizational Psychology | Leadership Studies | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education