Servant Leadership Prevalence and the Achievement of District Goals in Public Elementary School Districts

Justin Caldwell, Olivet Nazarene University

Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2013 for Olivet Nazarene University.


The main purpose of this study was to determine if servant leadership was prevalent among public school districts. The study also included other leadership styles other than servant leadership. The leadership style prevalent from this study was paternalistic. This study examined the leadership styles from an organization an individual perspective of K- 8 elementary school districts. This study also examined if the leadership style of the overall organization and the leadership style of public school administrators were related. The finding from this study determined that the relationship was not statistically significant. The final part of this study examined if leadership style could predict the achievement of school district goals. The prediction was found not to be statistically significant. This study encouraged additional research into the field of servant leadership and the outcomes that are being achieved in elementary school districts.