Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)



First Advisor

Beverly Nilsson

Second Advisor

Norma Noonan


Almost every organization has published mission, vision, and values statements. Corporations, volunteer organizations, foundations, and even some families have formulated their own unique mission statements to proclaim their purpose, their reason for being, what they stand for, believe in, and aspire to be. Mission, vision, and values are an attempt to identify, in the simplest terms possible, what is at the heart of the organization--what it is about, what it values, and what it hopes to accomplish. It is within the mission statement that the spirituality of the organization is centered.

This is a case study of one organization--a non-profit, integrated healthcare system. While this organization was once affiliated with the Protestant faith, it no longer has that religious tie. Yet its values are very spiritual and influence almost every aspect of organizational life. This case study explores the mission, vision, and values of the organization, analyzes the organization's behavior related to its stated values, and shows a clear link to spirituality and leadership.


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