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Derek M. Rohde


Job satisfaction has been the focus of scholars for decades. Employers must create a workplace where the employee receives more than a paycheck. Servant leaders speak directly to the decisive leader-follower relationship. Workplace spirituality is a place where the employee is a valued part of the membership. Combining the three elements may answer the current problem of the aligning of business goals with employee needs. Existing research supports that servant leadership enhances job satisfaction. Researchers have demonstrated that the employee lead by example is more content. Missing are the contexts where these workers excel. The purpose of this study was to describe the connection between employee job satisfaction and servant leadership in the context of workplace spirituality. The theoretical foundation for the study was servant leadership theory; Greenleaf maintained that the leader who is a servant first empowers the follower. A total of 107 participants were recruited through a local school district. Multiple regression and moderation analyses were used to measure responses from an education service center and two related school sites. Structural equation modeling served to confirm and expand on the data collected. Results from the analyses indicated that servant leadership significantly predicted job satisfaction. Alone, workplace spirituality did not predict job satisfaction; however, the interaction of servant leadership and workplace spirituality had a significant negative influence on job satisfaction. Employers may use the current study assessing the workplace, establishing an environment where the employee remains longer and improves through leadership and setting.