Learn how you can instill servant leadership in your organization

Known internationally for the study of servant leadership, Gonzaga University’s School of Leadership Studies offers the Certificate in Servant Leadership to guide leaders in shaping cultures in which people and organizations thrive.

Servant leadership is a time-tested leadership disposition based on the practice of “serving first.” Espoused by well-known companies such as REI and Nordstrom, servant leadership is neither a “soft” nor naïve form of leadership; rather, it’s one in which the well-being and growth of people and organizations are kept at the center of all decisions.

In this 14-week, online course, you’ll explore servant leadership with a focus on application to real life. Through company case-studies, leader interviews, group discussions and more, you’ll not only shape your leadership identity, but develop a practical toolkit for applying servant leadership to your organization and beyond.

“The program provided immeasurable benefits to my career and had a significant personal impact on my life… I now have an action plan to implement my full leadership potential to be a positive change in the world.”  Karen Cash (’22)  Natural Gas Manager, Avista Utilities

What you'll learn

  • Understand the characteristics and nuances of servant leadership.
  • Recognize your unique servant-leader identity and how it influences the way you lead.
  • Develop core emotional intelligence and interpersonal communication skills to support the growth of others.
  • Gain tools and skills to create a culture in which you, your team members and your organization can thrive.
“The program impacted my daily  leadership behaviors. I prioritize  listening to my subordinates and  serving their greater good rather than my objectives… As their capabilities grow, they eventually become servant leaders.”  Peter B. Devantara, S.J. (‘21)  Country Director, Jesuit Refugee Services Indonesia


  • Cost: $3,200
  • Payment Options: Payment plans, discounts, and scholarships available
  • Duration: 14 weeks (start in September or January)
  • Credits: 8 CE credits, transferrable to some master's degrees
  • Format: Fully virtual with 7 live, interactive Zoom classes.
  • Time Commitment: Students tell us they typically spend 3-5 hours per week
  • Instructor: Debbie Heiser, MA | Read bio