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Creighton Doctoral Student Honored as Greenleaf Scholar

Nathan Klein of Shueyville, Iowa, a recent graduate of the Interdisciplinary Doctorate of Education Program at Creighton University, has been selected as a 2014 Greenleaf Scholar by the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. He is one of two or three scholars selected worldwide each year.

Servant leadership is a philosophy and set of practices that enriches the lives of individuals, builds better organizations and ultimately creates a more just and caring world.

According to the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership communications coordinator Shirley Wyant, “his selection reflects the value we place on his research and his commitment to deepening the understanding of the impacts of servant leadership on organizations and society at large.”

Additionally, Klein will present his dissertation, “The positive relationship between servant leadership and employee engagement: The mediating impact of trust and fit.," in October at the International Leadership Association conference in San Diego.

Klein said while earning his bachelor’s degree at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the Sisters of Mercy had a large influence on his leadership endeavors.

He is currently a senior manager of quality, new business and process innovation for Aflac Group in Columbia, S.C.

Klein has served as a member of the Board of Directors for United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley, an executive committee member for the Young Professionals of Columbus, Ga., and on the board of directors for Literary Alliance. Through his leadership positions, Klein decided he wanted to change his career path and become a college professor focused on servant leadership.

The Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership is an international nonprofit organization that serves individuals and organizations seeking to be better servant-leaders. Robert K. Greenleaf, founder of the Greenleaf Center wrote The Servant As Leader and launched the modern servant leadership movement nearly 50 years ago. Both an ancient philosophy and modern practice, servant leadership enriches the lives of individuals, builds more effective organizations of all kinds and, ultimately, creates a more just and caring world.

Creighton University is a Jesuit, Catholic university bridging health, law, business and the arts and sciences for a more just world.