The Servant-Leader Concentration provides unparalleled learning opportunities to affirm, develop and express your natural inclination to serve-first.

The four-course concentration is designed to provide students with an advanced comprehensive understanding of the philosophy of servant-leadership and to further develop the most pertinent dispositions, capacities and skills within the philosophy.


  • Forgiveness and restorative justice
  • Listening and discerning
  • Building community
  • Foresight and strategy
  • Transformational and systems thinking

In 1999, Gonzaga University became the first academic institution in the country to offer a graduate course in servant-leadership and leadership theorist Peter G. Northouse* recognizes Gonzaga University as one of the prominent leaders in the field of servant-leadership studies.

The successful completion of the Servant Leader Concentration will be recognized on the degree transcript of the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership.

The Concentration Consists of 4 Classes

Required Courses

ORGL 530: Servant Leadership
ORGL 537: Foresight & Strategy
Prerequisite: ORGL 530

Elective Courses - Choose 2

ORGL 510: Renaissance Leadership for the 21st Century - includes 14-day study abroad in Italy
ORGL 518: Transforming Leadership
ORGL 522: Leadership & Community -  includes 5-day immersion at St. Andrew's Abbey in Valyermo, CA
ORGL 532: Leadership, Justice & Forgiveness
ORGL 535: Listen, Discern, Decide
ORGL 689: Leadership & Hardiness - includes 4-day immersion at Mt. Adams, WA
COML 504: Organizational Communication
COML 507: Mindful Leadership and communication - includes 3-day immersion on-campus in Spokane, WA
COML 515: Relational Communication
COML 572: Communication, Leadership, Community Development - includes study abroad in Cali, Colombia

 *Leadership: Theory and Practice, 2022, p. 271


Heather Schmitt
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