Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)



First Advisor

Dr. Adrienne Kaufmann

Second Advisor

Dr. Garry Hesser


This research application project provides guidelines for how a leader would plan a service project using two leadership models: shared leadership and servant leadership. These two leadership models complement each other; a service project using only one would lack the depth of the models used simultaneously.

Shared leadership develops skills and deepens engagement among group members as well as utilizes the expertise within the organization receiving the service. Service that incorporates an educational component enriches the experience for participants. Asset-based community development emphasizes the gifts and resources of the people in a community, not the deficiencies. An examination of the risks and rewards of shared leadership is provided.

A servant leader, according to Robert Greenleaf, is a leader who is conscious of the needs of others and makes these needs a top priority. Definitions and examples for planning a service project incorporating the ten characteristics of the servant leadership model are provided. The servant leadership model is compared with the transformational leadership model.

The paper then applies the shared servant leadership model, to four case studies: a day of service, service as part of a travel seminar, extended service within one's community, and a partnership in service between two organizations. The concluding section has personal reflections on the Christian call to shared servant leadership.


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