Servant Leadership Oriented Leadership Development for Leaders on the Autism Spectrum : An Exploratory Study
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Master of Arts (MA)
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
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As autistic individuals are increasingly joining the workforce, there is a need to better understand leadership development in autistic individuals as they progress through organizational hierarchies. This thesis introduces a servant leadership component to a traditional leadership development model and conducts a needs assessment for tailoring this model to a neurodiverse population. The servant leadership oriented assessment challenge support (SLO-ACS) is a model of leadership development that utilizes the popular Assessment Challenge Support model of leadership development with a focus on developing another individual and practicing servant leadership. Qualitative interviews were conducted with autism SMEs in leadership roles, a majority of whom identified as autistic. Interviews focused on common challenges and strengths experienced amongst a working autistic population, initial impressions of the SLO-ACS principles, and design considerations for designing an LD model for autistic leaders.
Williams, Nikita Elizabeth, "Servant Leadership Oriented Leadership Development for Leaders on the Autism Spectrum : An Exploratory Study" (2022). Theses, Dissertations and Culminating Projects. 1050.