Servant Leadership: Theory & Practice


Recent police killings of unarmed African Americans in the United States and the subsequent protests and demonstrations against police brutality have resulted in more focus on the importance of collaborative relationships between law enforcement agencies and their communities. This quantitative correlational research study was conducted in one southern United States police department that incorporated a servant leadership philosophy, including its leaders being publicly heralded for their servant leadership practices that positively impacted its relationship with its community. The study examined if a relationship existed between perceived servant leadership of law enforcement leaders and line police officers’ job satisfaction. The study’s participants n=31 completed the Servant Leadership Scale to measure servant leadership characteristics and Job Descriptive Index to measure employee job satisfaction. Results indicated a statistically significant relationship between servant leadership and employee job satisfaction of the police officers in the department.