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Exploring the effect of leadership influence on member accountability in a small nonprofit religious organization
by Rudolph, Lynn Retzer, D.B.A., University of Phoenix, 2009, 237; 3394578
Abstract (Summary)

Accountability is essential for organizations to excel, but accountability appears to be on the decline, limiting an organization’s ability to remain viable (Balderson & Sharpe, 2005; Falconer, 2002). Leadership practice, example, and style can influence the level of member accountability within an organization (Waddock, 2004). The purpose of this study, using a qualitative case study design, was to discover how leaders promote accountability among members within a nonprofit religious organization. Interviews, observations, and document review allowed the gathering of data from participants within the local church setting of ABC. Participants of the study were members of ABC for at least six months prior to the study and actively involved in a ministry within ABC at the time of the study. From the data, findings indicated that an individual’s relationship with God, communication, specific leadership traits, member traits, fiscal responsibility, and continuous improvement could influence the level of accountability within an organization.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Friedman, Robin
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 71/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Religion, Management, Spirituality, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Accountability, God's Word, Leadership, Nonprofit, Pastoral leadership, Religious organization, Servant leadership
Publication Number: 3394578
ISBN: 978-1-109-62312-3
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