Date of Award

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

School

School of Education

First Advisor

Eliel Unglaub

Second Advisor

Everson Muckenberger

Third Advisor

Erich Baumgartner

Abstract

Proposal

This study addressed the perception of the influence that leaders exerts in Vitória da Conquista`s Adventist churches, located in the southwestern region of the state of Bahia, Brazil. It encompasses concepts, theories, styles, and reflections of leadership pertaining to this population, in order to know the profile of the leaders that followers admire, thereby providing information so that leaders can become increasingly more influential and admired by their subordinates.

Method

The methodology used in this research is qualitative, being guided in a semi-structured interview, on authors dealing with this topic, and on analysis of the historical context of servant leadership, which has provided an overview of the problem researched. In accordance with its purposes and objectives, it is predominantly qualitative. The research tool used was an interview with previously prepared questions.

Results

This study identified that there is a positive perception of the influence that a leader has on the elders and ministry directors of the Adventist churches in Vitória da Conquista and this influence is very positive. It is noteworthy to mention that it was observed as a significant servant leadership, and some of the characteristics they admire in their leader’s profile are: authenticity, communication, reliability, dedication, commitment, balance, and motivation among others.

Conclusion

At the end of this research, the importance of positive influence was discovered. Everyone yearns for leaders who have a sense of mission, who really want to grow in relationships, and who want to combine efforts for a complete growth. Complete growth means: I grow, you grow, we grow together.

Subject Area

Church leadership--Brazil, Church management--Brazil, Seventh-day Adventists--Brazil--Influence, Christian leadership--Seventh-day Adventists

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