Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An Investigation of the Relationship Between Authentic Leadership and Pastoral Leadership Effectiveness
by Cobb-Hayes, Jennifer, Ed.D., Indiana Wesleyan University, 2018, 346; 13808904
Abstract (Summary)

This mixed method case study examines the relationship between the authentic leadership of the pastor of Warsaw Community Church and his effectiveness as a leader in achieving the collective goals of the church from the perspective of his leadership team and direct reports. It examines how his level of authenticity affects the followers' desire to be a part of that authentic relationship. By using a quantitative method study the research assessed the following: (a) the authenticity of the pastor through self-assessment and follower feedback; (b) the leadership effectiveness of the pastor through self-assessment and follower feedback. The qualitative interview portion of the study provides insight and focus into how the level of the pastor's authenticity impacts his leadership effectiveness and the level of authentic relationship between the pastor and his followers.

The 12 participants took a combined Authentic Leadership Questionnaire (ALQ) and Lewis Pastoral Leadership Inventory (LPLI) online survey. Following the online survey, the interviews with the Founding Pastor's followers, three direct reports, the co-senior pastor and one chosen by the co-senior pastor, added to a richer understanding of the context and relationships.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Decker, Anne
Commitee: Beuthin, Tim, Puls, Timothy
School: Indiana Wesleyan University
Department: Organizational Leadership
School Location: United States -- Indiana
Source: DAI-A 80/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Clergy, Educational leadership, Management
Keywords: Authentic leadership, Authentic leadership questionnaire, Character, Leadership, Lewis pastoral leadership inventory, Self-awareness
Publication Number: 13808904
ISBN: 978-1-392-00036-6
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