Sustained Solution: Servant Leadership to Guide Transformational Thinking in Education

Date of Award

Spring 4-27-2019

Document Type

Restricted Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctorate of Education, Ed.D.


College of Education



First Advisor

Floralba Marrero, Ed.D.

Second Advisor

Toni Carr, Ed.D.

Third Advisor

Gwen Dooley, Ed.D.


In this quantitative correlational study, the purpose was to examine the relationship between teacher and administrative staff perceptions on principal servant leadership characteristics measured in the SLQ: altruistic calling, emotional healing, wisdom, persuasive mapping, and organizational stewardship. Servant leadership is a leadership form that emphasizes the values of service, connection, cohesion, and results in high levels of follower motivation, satisfaction, and retention. Researchers have determined that servant leadership does make a significant difference in both business and education. Given the effectiveness of servant leadership, it is vital to understand the application of servant leadership in the school setting. Barbuto and Wheeler’s Servant Leadership Questionnaire (SLQ) was used to survey teachers and administrative staff of two public charter schools (K–8) in Texas and collect data. Findings from a Pearson’s correlation coefficient test revealed significantly strong positive relationships between all five of the SLQ subscales―altruistic calling, emotional healing, wisdom, persuasive mapping, and organizational stewardship―and respondents’ reports of servant leadership.

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