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Self-Leadership to Servant Leadership: A Metatheoretical Antecedent to Positive Social Change
by Carn, Allen L., Ph.D., Walden University, 2019, 252; 13424792
Abstract (Summary)

A majority of current leadership programs are failing to deliver a comprehensive approach to leadership development by not providing middle and frontline managers the skills to enhance their potential to develop others. In failing to generate a comprehensive system, animosity towards all types of leadership has been festering for over 40 years as first identified by Greenleaf in 1977. The purpose of the study was to establish a link between the theoretical paradigms of servant leadership and self-leadership using the lens of emotional intelligence to generate an integral leadership development framework. The conceptual framework used Goleman et al.’s version of emotional intelligence, Spears’s model of servant leadership, and Manz’s concepts of self-leadership. The research question examined the interrelationship between the three theoretical paradigms and used the analysis to create a theoretical framework. A paradigm and systematic word search phrase yielded an initial sample of 1356 research articles. Using text scrutinization to achieve saturation, I used 342 articles to evaluate the gap between the three theoretical paradigms. The analysis of the secondary data used Edwards’s approach to metatheory-building. The results yielded the beginnings of a new theory of self-perpetuating leadership style called sustainable leadership. Also noted based on the literature a serious absence of ethics, morality, or spirituality in leadership development. This study is important because it uses a holistic framework based on development techniques found in three theoretical leadership paradigms to help aspiring leaders to develop others. The positive social change that may result is an improvement in leadership skills, over time, through a comprehensive approach to leadership development for aspiring leaders.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Phlypo, Karla
Commitee: Barrow, Lisa, McAllister, Branford
School: Walden University
Department: Management
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-A 80/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Entrepreneurship, Management, Operations research
Keywords: Emotional intelligence, Leadership development, Metatheory building, Self-leadership, Servant leadership, Sustainable leadership
Publication Number: 13424792
ISBN: 978-0-438-76317-3
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