Graduate School of Business


Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)


Scott A Quatro


Banking, Business, Finance, Leadership, Profits, Sustainability


Business | Business Administration, Management, and Operations


This study examined if sustainable leadership in U.S. banking institutions had a statistical correlation to profitability between the period of 2008 and 2017. The problem addressed was the impact of sustainable leadership on the profitability of banking institutions in the U.S. was not known. The study was significant because of the increased amount of pressure within the financial sector to increase long-term stability while maintaining profitability. The research applied a quantitative correlational study to conduct the research. The study found there was no statistically significant correlation between net income or market value but did find a positive correlation for return on assets. Companies were identified as having sustainable leadership through their inclusion into the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). The study is relevant to the field of leadership because it provides additional understanding of the impact that sustainable actions can have on an organization. The study is also relevant to the business management field as providing additional research regarding how sustainable methods can provide correlation to profitability in the context of the return on assets. From a Biblical perspective, Matthew 25:14-30 discusses mankind’s responsibility for stewarding the assets God has provided, an action that sustainable leadership enhances while incurring profit.