Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)




The purpose of this paper is to examine and evaluate the Servant Leadership Theory of Robert Greenleaf and to compare it to the leadership skills of Mr. S.

Mr. S. is a licensed minister who will be ordained in the near future. He volunteers as a lay counselor for at least four organizations including a chemical dependency program for young men and a program for juvenile offenders. He teaches bible classes and counsels young adults involved in these programs.

The research methodology used in this study included a personal interview and questionnaire for Mr. S. and a survey and questionnaire for the chaplain of the juvenile offender program.

The study concludes that Mr. S. does conform to the Robert Greenleaf Theory on Servant Leadership. Among the traits that were highly rated were Mr. S.'s communication skills, forthrightness and honesty. Most important, Mr. S. was identified to have excellent servant leadership skills among his peers and supervisors with the volunteer program.


SC 11.MAL.1997.Walters.AC