An Examination of Servant Leadership in the United States and Mexico: Do Age and Gender Make a Difference?

By Alicia Rodriguez-Rubio and Angelina I. T. Kiser.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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Servant leaders emphasize collaboration, trust, empathy, and the ethical use of power, and their motivation is not to increase their own power but rather to better serve others (James, 2011). The current study addresses servant leadership with regards to gender and age between people in Mexico and the United States. Studying culturally-linked leadership styles leads to a greater understanding of working in a diverse workforce, and examining demographic differences within those cultures helps to better operate in a global environment, which is a critical component for today’s leaders. Typical perceptions are that women are more relationship oriented while men are seen as more task oriented. Are there really differences in their values? Is age a factor in determining them? Additionally, cultural norms that might fit the servant leadership model in one county might not work in another country. Using data from the World Values Survey, the purpose of this exploratory research was to examine how cultural values that are related to servant leadership change for men and women of different ages in the United States and Mexico.

Keywords: Servant Leadership, Leadership Styles, Gender, Age, Cross-cultural Values

Global Studies Journal, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.127-150. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 338.310KB).

Dr. Alicia Rodriguez-Rubio

Assistant Professor, HEB School of Business Administration, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Dr. Alicia Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the HEB School of Business, University of the Incarnate Word, in San Antonio, TX. Her research interest include servant leadership, small business management, and household economic decisions.

Dr. Angelina I. T. Kiser

Department Chair, HEB School of Business and Administration, University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Dr. Angelina I. T. Kiser is an associate professor and department chair for management, management information systems, international business, and sports management at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX. Her research interests include business ethics, diversity, and technology in education. She has presented her work at peer reviewed national and international conferences and has been published in numerous peer reviewed journal. Dr. Kiser has traveled to several countries including England, France, Switzerland, Canada, Greece, Guatemala, and Mexico where she has had the opportunity to explore business and diversity issues. She has also conducted study abroad experiences with students where they have the chance to visit businesses in order to gain a better understanding of their policies and procedures. Dr. Kiser teaches a variety of business management courses that include a global perspective, and she emphasizes the importance of working in a diverse workforce.

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