Effective school leaders are vital to the success of a school. The leadership style of a school leader, specifically principals, affects teacher satisfaction and retention. Servant leadership is a well-known leadership style in the business and organizational psychology field but has applications in the education setting as well. This report discusses how principals can be servant-leaders by putting others first and themselves second. As a result, teacher job satisfaction and retention are affected. Therefore, it is important for educators to learn how principals can most effectively lead teachers and other support staff. Training and professional development opportunities are essential for school leaders to learn how to be supportive and equitable when working with others. The following paper includes a review of the current literature regarding school leadership, with an emphasis on servant leadership, and lastly, teacher satisfaction and retention

Date of Award

Spring 4-29-2021

Document Type

Capstone Paper

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Counselor Education

First Advisor

Rieko Miyakuni


Winona, Minnesota



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