Servant Leadership: Theory & Practice


The following article presents a conceptual servant leadership framework for evaluating preventing violent extremism (PVE) policies and programs. The purpose of the work was to discover how servant leadership could strengthen existing PVE evaluative strategies. This article stems from work being done in servant leadership, counterterrorism, and countering violent extremism at Nichols College and Utah Valley University. The authors used a secondary analysis of empirical and literary servant leadership and PVE works to develop the framework. The analysis revealed a relationship between servant leadership’s commitment to the growth of people and building community and the need for PVE to be about nurturing resilient individuals and communities. That relationship became the foundation for the work, allowing for a discussion of many different aspects of the two areas. The framework led to the development of a servant leadership evaluative framework to be used as part of an overall PVE evaluative toolkit.