International Journal of Servant-Leadership

The International Journal of Servant-Leadership (IJSL) is published by Gonzaga University in collaboration with the Spears Center for Servant-Leadership and published by the SUNY Press.

In the discipline of leadership studies, many leadership theorists view servant-leadership as the most compelling and profound answer to the fast-paced, change-oriented climate of the present age. Robert K. Greenleaf, former vice president of AT&T, was a scholar, essayist, and leader with uncommon wisdom. Greenleaf's servant-leadership is one of the most important and influential leadership theories of our time and his definition of the servant-leader remains a significant challenge for all who pursue leadership.

The purpose of The International Journal of Servant-Leadership is to publish cutting-edge essays, theory, and research that will further the influence of servant-leadership globally, in the scientific community, in the world of business, political inquiry, and social justice, as well as across the academic disciplines.

  • The journal reflects the ideals of educating the whole person, living a life of personal courage and moral discernment, and striving to be a person for others in order to help heal the heart of humanity.
  • The journal is founded on Greenleaf’s notion that the true test of a servant-leader is that those around the servant-leader become more healthy, more wise, more free, more autonomous, and better able themselves to become servants; and the least privileged of society are benefited or at least not further deprived.
  • The journal is devoted to the elegance, beauty and art of a servant-led way of life, and the legitimate power that accompanies servant-leadership. In this spirit, we welcome a wide variety of essays, practice-oriented, theoretical, or research articles for consideration. The IJSL is a peer-reviewed publication.

The editor of the journal is Shann Ray Ferch, Ph.D., Professor of Leadership with the Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University.

The senior advisory editor is Larry C. Spears, CEO of the Spears Center for Servant-Leadership and Servant-Leadership Scholar of the Gonzaga University School of Professional Studies.

The journal’s Advisory and Contributing Authors Board includes scholars and leaders of deep influence in society.

The Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies, M.A. in Organizational Leadership, M.A. in Communication and Leadership Studies, and the Comprehensive Leadership Program at Gonzaga employ servant-leadership as central to the process of forming the interior depth of the self in community with others.

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