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Servant-leader Concentration

The Servant-leader Concentration provides unparalleled learning opportunities for students to affirm, develop, and express their natural inclinations to serve-first. It provides an advanced comprehensive understanding of the philosophy of servant-leadership, and is designed to further develop the most pertinent characteristics within the philosophy.

The Concentration, grounded in the writings of Robert Greenleaf and subsequent research, offers the most advanced graduate study of Servant Leadership available at a University anywhere.

Contact Student Services if you would like to add the Servant-leader Concentration to your progression plan at or 866-380-5323.

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Concentration Curriculum (12 credits)

Ideally, most students should be near completion of the core curriculum of the ORGL program including courses such as ORGL 500 (Organizational Leadership) and ORGL 505 (Organizational Theory).

The Concentration is designed as a sequential learning process that becomes progressively more focused on developing the capacities of a servant-leader disposition through the understanding and practice of serving-first.

The Servant-leader Concentration consists of two (2) required courses and two (2) elective courses.

  • Required: ORGL 530 Servant Leadership (recommended first course)
  • The residency requirement means that ORGL students who elect to take the Concentration will have a second required residency to complete their degree:
    • ORGL requires a 3 day residency for the core course ORGL 502 Leadership and Imagination.
  • (2) Electives:

First-of-its-Kind Servant-leader Concentration

First-of-its-Kind Servant-leader Concentration

Gonzaga’s Master of Organizational Leadership core curriculum currently introduces Servant-leadership as a course, and has now expanded into a first-of-its-kind Servant-leader Concentration. The Concentration, grounded in the writings of Robert Greenleaf and subsequent research, offers the most advanced graduate study of Servant Leadership available at a University anywhere.

  1. The Concentration is also the first to offer a unique array of courses with a specific leadership development focus, designed to develop the characteristics and dispositions Greenleaf indicated are essential for servant-leader development and the influence of Servant-lead organizations.
  2. Students who complete the Concentration will have the highest academically recognized credential (recognition with their degree) and will be academically recognized as expert practitioners, trainers, coaches and mentors in Servant-leadership.
  3. An additional highlight is that all of the courses within the Concentration are to be cross listed with the Doctoral Program in Leadership Studies (DPLS). Now, doctoral students desiring to focus their research on Servant-leadership will have access to wider spectrum of courses providing a richer broader base for more advance research in the topic area.

What are the benefits and value of the Concentration?

The concentration is made up of four distinctive and relevant courses designed to enhance the student’s servant-disposition, capacities and skills for servant-leading, and the development of servant-organizations and communities. The concentration provides students the opportunity to:

  • Gain an advanced understanding of the philosophy of Servant-leadership at the individual, organizational and macro-community systems level
  • Foster the development of serving-first dispositions, capacities and skills
  • Advance career advancement opportunities as the need for leaders trained in Servant-leading increases
  • Achieve greater marketability as Servant-leader teachers and practitioners
  • Receive recognition (a credential) for Servant-leadership Studies from a renowned university—Gonzaga University is THE institution for training world leaders in Servant-leadership.
  • Develop a systems perspective of Servant-leadership through the integration of three kinds of knowledge;
    • Informational and factual knowledge and skills relevant to servant-leading for individuals, organizations,  and the macro-community
    • Procedural knowledge and processes relevant for interacting with individuals and within organizations and macro-community systems
    • Strategic knowledge required for self-transformation, institutional transformational processes, and macro-systems transformation.

Course Descriptions

Required Courses:

ORGL 530 Servant Leadership (3 credits)
An examination of the foundation, principles and practice of servant leadership.

ORGL 537: Foresight & Strategy (3 credits)
In this course students will integrate more of the servant-leader characteristics, and further develop the disposition of a servant-leader. The course explores the art, science and methods leaders use to acknowledge, stimulate, and further develop their capacity of foresight. Students engage macro-system perspectives applying strategy and stewardship as they consider introducing vision into the reality of complex organizational and community systems (includes a 3 day residency).


ORGL 522 Leadership & Community (3 credits)
5-day residency at St. Andrews Abbey in Valyermo, CA
An appreciation for and an understanding of the leadership processes of empowerment, collaboration, and dialogue in the context of creating and transforming community. Emphasis is given to understanding individual and group development, structures of collaboration and dialogue, and leadership which is oriented toward process rather than product. More info.

ORGL 532: Leadership Justice & Forgiveness (3 credits)
In this course students will begin the process of understanding leadership, justice, and forgiveness in the context of purposeful systems change. Servant leadership and restorative vs. retributive justice are important aspects of the learning community. The course engages students toward self-responsibility in the context of reconciliation, and the depth of heart, mind, and spirit that leads to healing and growth in community with others. Students will work to apply the interior leadership necessary for discernment and action within oppressive systems.

ORGL 535: Listen Discern Decide (3 credits)
In this class, students will learn more in-depth concepts of Servant-leadership by learning approaches and practices of listening and discernment as a way of enhancing decision-making capacity. The course begins with a focus on interior and exterior listening. Listening and awareness techniques are then integrated with the principles and practices of discernment. The course progresses from a focus on the individual, to group, to listening and discerning and decision making in organizations and communities.

ORGL 690: Leadership & Accompaniment  

Short-term, faculty-led program in Cali, Colombia

The Leadership and Accompaniment course in partnership with Javeriana University in Cali was designed to meet the Jesuit, Catholic, and humanistic mission of Gonzaga University. The main goal of the course is to increase student understanding of the nexus between macro, mezzo and micro factors that affect community development through learning about the context of the region and engaging with community leaders and student peers working alongside each other. Students will learn how to conduct a needs assessment and how to apply leadership and social justice frameworks to work in local and global contexts. Further, they will learn strategies for thinking and practicing ethical leadership, and will have increased self-awareness and cultural sensitivity through critical reflection and action. More info.

At a Glance



Average completion time

2 years

Cost per credit




Online, On campus, Hybrid

Admission cycles

Rolling 8 week


One three-day immersion in Spokane, WA


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