Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The relationship between servant leadership and affective organizational commitment
by Carder, James Curtis, Ed.D., Indiana Wesleyan University, 2012, 154; 3602281
Abstract (Summary)

Recent correlation studies in leadership literature have shown that organizational as well as individual outcomes often can be explained by examining leader behaviors and associating those behaviors with those outcomes (Barbuto & Wheeler, 2006; Dannhauser & Boshoff, 2006; Cerit, 2010; Drury, 2004; Hayden, 2011; Laub, 1999; Liden, Wayne, Zhao & Henderson, 2008; Rauch, 2007; Scuderi, 2010; Washington, 2007). Drury (2004) documented that servant leadership can be measured in an organization, and noted a statistically significant relationship between the perception of servant leadership and job satisfaction as well as a statistically significant but inverse relationship between perceptions of supervisors' servant leadership and organizational commitment among employees in an academic environment. The primary focus of this study is volunteer board members' perceptions of pastors' servant leadership and volunteer church board members' reported organizational commitment in high-performing Nazarene churches. Using the 28-item Servant Leadership Scale (SLS) created by Liden et al. (2008) to examine perception of servant leadership among Nazarene pastors, together with the Meyer, Allen, and Smith (1993) commitment scales to measure organizational commitment of volunteer board members, this study found a statistically significant correlation between these variables. This study also measured pastor self-perception of servant leadership using the SLS self-report by Liden, et al. (2008) and the results indicated that while pastors saw themselves as servant leaders, no significant correlation could be found between the pastor's self-perception of servant leadership and volunteer board members' reported organizational commitment. To further investigate these findings, a summary discussion of interviews conducted with a random sample of pastors complete this mixed-methods study.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Beuthin, Timothy M.
Commitee: Fiebig, Greg V., Rough, David R.
School: Indiana Wesleyan University
Department: Organizational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 75/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Management, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Commitment among employees, Job satisfaction, Nazarene church, Perceptions of supervisors, Self-perception, Servant leadership, Volunteerism
Publication Number: 3602281
ISBN: 978-1-303-54159-9
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