Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Essence of Political Skill in Community Development from a Servant Leadership Perspective in Rural Kenya: A Hermeneutic Phenomenology Study
by Mulinge, Peter N., Ph.D., Gonzaga University, 2020, 327; 27996882
Abstract (Summary)

The ability to influence a group of people to participate in a social-economic endeavor is an essential skill in leadership. Influence occurs when a leader is able change people's perceptions by getting them to see the advantage of her or his intent (Yukl & Tracey, 1992). Political skill is an essential ability to influence people towards social wellbeing trajectory. The skill is about competencies that are manifested in a group activity-relevant situation that reflect both disposition antecedent and situational adaptability (Ferris et al. 2007). Servant-leadership embraces principles that emphasize the ideas of enhancing community growth (Spear, 1998), social capital, and the common good. The embodiment of these constructs is the creation of transformative knowledge in the context of communities of practice. The experience of socialization produces a human environment, practicing distribution of knowledge and social meaning-making.

To gain an understanding of how political skill and servant-leadership are exemplified in communities of practice, and how they complement in enhancing the common good in rural areas, this study interacted with the community, and political leaders to get an understanding of their lived world experiences, and how their competencies resonate with leadership for the greatest good. The implication of this study suggests that leadership is an act that aims at promoting new directions by example or advocating for a better way. It works best through influence; by consultation, social relationships, and consensus but not making decisions for people.


Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Ferch, Shann R.
Commitee: Francovich, Chris, Irving, Justin
School: Gonzaga University
Department: Leadership Studies
School Location: United States -- Washington
Source: DAI-A 81/12(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Educational leadership, Social research, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Common good, Communities of practice, Servant-leadership, Social capital
Publication Number: 27996882
ISBN: 9798617073883
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