Rawlings School of Divinity


Doctor of Philosophy


Gary Bredfeldt


servant leadership, authentic happiness, chaplain, Christian


Christianity | Leadership Studies


The purpose of this quantitative correlational study was to understand if a relationship exists, either positively or negatively, between servant leadership behaviors and authentic happiness in chaplains who serve in a para church chaplain ministry. Servant leadership is frequently thought to be related to a decrease in the leader's happiness and enjoyment of their professional as well as personal life because leading as a servant involves giving up power and privileges that the role of leader typically includes. This study's sample was comprised of individuals currently engaged in a Christian chaplain ministry who serve public safety departments, industry, healthcare, the community, survivors of disasters, and people who are in crisis. All participants are either in leadership roles within the para church ministry or are in leadership positions that chaplains are afforded within their individual areas of ministry. Participants completed a survey comprised of two individual instruments, the Servant Leader Profile – Revised and the Authentic Happiness Inventory. A moderate to strong correlation was found between servant leadership behavior and authentic happiness in the study population utilizing the Pearson r statistic.