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Exploring Servant Leadership

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leadership Podcast. Episode 190 - Dr. Nathan Eva - Exploring Servant Leadership. The Official Podcast of the International Leadership Association

with Dr. Nathan Eva


Ready for a journey into the heart of leadership? Settle in as we share a profoundly insightful conversation with Associate Professor Dr. Nathan Eva, a Fulbright scholar from Monash Business School in Australia. With a focus on Servant Leadership, Dr. Eva helps us unpack the essence of a leadership style that prioritizes the growth and development of its fold.

Dive into the abundant benefits and far-reaching impacts of Servant Leadership. From its effects on employees’ morale to the ripple effect it has on communities, Dr. Eva provides a comprehensive overview. We also touch on the challenges of quantifying the impact of this leadership style and compare it with transformational, authentic, and ethical leadership. The conversation shifts to the legacy of Robert Greenleaf and how the Greenleaf Center is continuing his work, fostering the next generation of scholars and researchers.

We then explore timeless wisdom, as we delve into Indigenous leadership knowledge that has existed for thousands of years. Listen as we discuss how modernizing this knowledge with formal certificates can bring fresh voices to the field and elevate Indigenous leaders. As we wrap up, Dr. Eva emphasizes the importance of tapping into Indigenous wisdom and highlights the need for more research in leadership development. It’s a thought-provoking, enriching episode that you won’t want to miss.

About Dr. Nathan Eva

Associate Professor Nathan Eva is a Fulbright Scholar (2021) and the co-Director of Engagement for the Department of Management at the Monash Business School.

His research examines follower-first leadership approaches that deliver organisational performance combined with inclusive and supportive workplaces.

Associate Professor Eva received his PhD from Monash University in 2014, received the 2015 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctorial Research Award in Leadership, awarded as a 2016 Greenleaf Scholar by the Greenleaf Centre for Servant Leadership, received the 2020 Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Research by an Early Career Researcher, and was Highly Commended for his research as an Early Career Scholar for the 2018 ANZAM Excellence Awards. He was nominated for the 2017 and 2016 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, received the 2016 and 2013 Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence at the Monash Business School, and been consistently recognised for outstanding teaching by the Office of the Vice-Provost (Learning and Teaching).

His peer-reviewed work appears in international outlets such as The Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Organizational Behavior, and Human Resource Management. His article on Servant Leadership in The Leadership Quarterly is the most downloaded and the most cited articles in their journal since 2017 and his article on Psychological Safety in Human Resource Management Review received the journal’s Scholarly Impact Award for the most impactful article (2017-2022).

Associate Professor Eva is a Board Member of the Network of Leadership Scholars,the Chair of the Leadership Scholarship stream for the International Leadership Association, and the Co-Chair of the International Leadership Association’s Leadership Education Academy. He is a Senior Editor for Management and Organization Review and an editorial board member of The Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Business Ethics, and Group and Oragnizational Management.

Host Scott J. Allen

Scott Allen

Scott J. Allen, Ph.D., is the Standard Products—Dr. James S. Reid Chair in Management at John Carroll University. He is an associate professor and teaches courses in leadership, management skills, and executive communication. He is also a communications coach, consultant, author, podcast host, and entrepreneur. For almost two decades, he’s worked with clients to improve their leadership and communication skills. Learn more about Scott here.

About Phronesis

Phronesis: Practical Wisdom for Leaders offers a smart, fast-paced discussion on all things leadership. Scott and his expert guests cover timely, relevant topics and incorporate practical tips designed to help you make a difference in how you lead and live. Phronesis is the official podcast of the International Leadership Association.