Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Leadership


This dissertation was designed to investigate school leadership vis-a-vis school culture and student achievement outcomes to ascertain whether there were correlations between servant leadership behaviors and attitudes of high school principals and the overall success of their schools, as measured by student achievement on norm- referenced tests. The correlations between school leaders’ attributes and overall school culture also was examined. Secondary school principals and their faculty drawn from Minnesota school districts were surveyed and the results were analyzed, both as a whole and factoring for academic performance as well when considering demographic features.

Analysis of the data revealed a significant relationship between the perceptions of servant leadership behaviors reported by the sampled administrator and his or her faculty. An even stronger relationship was reported to exist between the faculty and high school principal’s response to climate indicators. Similar associations were found in the relationship among servant leadership behaviors and the school’s organizational climate.