Phyllis Abbott earned her Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership from Nyack College, and a Master of Science Degree in Leadership with a Focus on Disaster Preparedness & Crisis Management from the Ken Blanchard College of Business at Grand Canyon University. She has been teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in servant leadership at Grand Canyon University since 2011, as well as management and marketing classes at Clark State Community College.
Phyllis has spent much of her career in the for-profit world, primarily in the automobile distributorship business. Since 1999 she has been active in servant leadership through her local church where she has been the leader of several ministries. Her greatest personal accomplishment was the founding of the Church Under the Bridge mission for the homeless population; where the homeless are fed both spiritually and physically.
Phyllis's personal philosophy is from R. Tagore, "I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy."
Phyllis enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, and outreach ministry, especially in the inner city with the homeless population. Phyllis presently resides in Ohio.
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
I have a passion for serving others through outreach ministry, and I believe that in order for leaders to be successful in the future, servant leadership will become the leadership style of choice. Servant leaders will lead organizations to success, as well as serving society in their communities, churches, and homes. When I was given the opportunity to be an instructor in servant leadership classes at GCU, I knew that I had found my purpose and mission of sharing my passion for servant leadership with future leaders, and empowering them to become passionate servant leaders.
What is one effective teaching strategy in your online classes?
I strive to be in the classroom each day with the students. I encourage students to be critical thinkers by integrating course theories with real-world examples. The goal is for the students to discover their servant leadership skills and knowledge, and how they can take their learning experience in the class to become servant leaders in their organizations empowering and mentoring their employees to become servant leaders.
What is a GCU online student success story you can share?
One student shared that the servant leadership class had taught her how to teach others to be leaders. She shared that she was going through challenges with employees at work throughout the course and was able to use the knowledge that she gained in this class to solve the challenges. She said that she gained valuable information that she can continue to utilize in her career. Having a professor who is involved, provides feedback, and engages the students with additional questions and comments created a positive learning environment for her.