Servant-Leadership, Feminism, and Gender Well-Being

How Leaders Transcend Global Inequities through Hope, Unity, and Love

Expected to ship: 2022-09-01

Combines servant-leadership and feminism into a new understanding of leadership.


In a world where leaders and organizations face global pandemics and power conflicts, gender dualism still prevails, and gender stereotyping and the glass ceiling continue to affect humanity's conceptualizations of leadership. How can we integrate the lost aspects of ourselves, often socialized by gender, so as to recover wholeness? How can we discern and develop the feminine and masculine within every leader? Servant-Leadership, Feminism, and Gender Well-Being offers grace, strength, and hope by providing evidence of servant-leaders crossing gender boundaries and integrating gendered traits and behaviors. Feminist ways of knowing, honoring both feminine and masculine giftedness, deepen the holistic foundation of servant-leadership. By integrating female perspectives with male perspectives, a paradigm shift in leadership theory through avenues inherent to servant-leadership can move organizations from hierarchy-driven, rules-based, and authoritative models to value-driven, follower-oriented, and participative models.

Jiying Song is Assistant Professor of Business and Economics at Northwestern College. Joe Walsh is a doctoral candidate at Gonzaga University. Kae Reynolds is Lecturer in Strategy and Leadership at the University of the West of Scotland. Jennifer Tilghman-Havens is the Executive Director of the Center for Jesuit Education at Seattle University. Shann Ray Ferch is Professor of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University. Larry C. Spears is Servant-Leadership Scholar at Gonzaga University and President of The Spears Center for Servant-Leadership. Song, Ferch, and Spears are coeditors, with Dung Q. Tran, of Servant-Leadership and Forgiveness: How Leaders Help Heal the Heart of the World (also published by SUNY Press) and, with Philip Mathew, of Global Servant-Leadership: Wisdom, Love, and Legitimate Power in the Age of Chaos.


"This book covers servant-leadership from a variety of perspectives—personal, poetic, and research-based—to give readers a broadened worldview as to who practices servant-leadership and how. It's going to be a wonderful addition to the leadership literature!" — Faith Wambura Ngunjiri, author of Women's Spiritual Leadership in Africa: Tempered Radicals and Critical Servant Leaders