The Relationship between Problem Solving Styles and Servant Leadership

Nicole Elizabeth Delgado, Fordham University


The purpose of the study was to test the relationship, if any, of educational leader professionals’ views of Servant Leadership characteristics and their preferred style of solving problems. As such, it was a construct validity study which tested whether individuals who exhibit certain style preferences also exhibit predicted preferences for behavior and/or qualities that are characteristic of servant leadership. Both preferences and qualities are important for educational leaders, teachers, or other school personnel in an increasingly complex, multivariate educational environment, where the goal of developing such 21st century skills as creative problem solving is essential and where leadership qualities within schools affect achievement. Eighty-four professionals from varying work settings in the field of education completed a demographic survey, VIEW: An Assessment of Problem Solving Style, and the Barbuto and Wheeler Servant Leadership Questionnaire. The author hypothesized that individuals who rate highly on qualities such as Emotional Healing, Wisdom, Persuasive Mapping, and Organizational Stewardship also would indicate preferences for Explorer vs. Developer, External vs. Internal, and Person-oriented vs. Task-oriented problem solving styles. Hypotheses were tested using both comparative and correlational statistics. In addition, age and gender differences were examined.

Subject Area

Educational leadership|Educational administration

Recommended Citation

Delgado, Nicole Elizabeth, "The Relationship between Problem Solving Styles and Servant Leadership" (2019). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI13859401.