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Scale Development and Construct Clarification of Servant Leadership
Faculty Publications: Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communication Department
  • John E. Barbuto, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • Daniel W. Wheeler, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Date of this Version
6-1-2006
Comments
Published in Group & Organization Management 31: 3 (June 2006), pp. 300–326; doi: 10.1177/1059601106287091 Coyright © 2006 Sage Publications. Used by permission.
Abstract

This article presents an integrated construct of servant leadership derived from a review of the literature. Subscale items were developed to measure 11 potential dimensions of servant leadership: calling, listening, empathy, healing, awareness, persuasion, conceptualization, foresight, stewardship, growth, and community building. Data from 80 leaders and 388 raters were used to test the internal consistency, confirm factor structure, and assess convergent, divergent, and predictive validity. Results produced five servant leadership factors—altruistic calling, emotional healing, persuasive mapping, wisdom, and organizational stewardship— with significant relations to transformational leadership, leader-member exchange, extra effort, satisfaction, and organizational effectiveness. Strong factor structures and good performance in all validity criteria indicate that the instrument offers value for future research.

Citation Information
John E. Barbuto and Daniel W. Wheeler. "Scale Development and Construct Clarification of Servant Leadership" (2006)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/daniel_wheeler/2/