Leadership Styles and Leadership Programs at GCU

Grand Canyon University (GCU) serves as a transformative institution anchored by values of leadership, from advanced leadership programs to diverse and empowering leadership styles in the classroom. Leadership is a top cornerstone in supporting our mission to graduate students as global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators and responsible leaders.

At GCU, we commit to creating diverse experiences for you to build essential leadership skills and learn different leadership styles so you can pursue a purposeful career. We partner with industry leaders to create our programs and curriculum. We also offer limitless opportunities for you to embrace your talent and reach your potential toward future leadership in a rewarding career path.

Leadership is the catalyst for new-age ideas and forward-thinking initiatives. Leaders inspire and motivate others, serve as employee advocates and push individuals toward excellence. We teach a variety of leadership styles at GCU; however, in keeping with our mission to empower and prepare future leaders, we focus on the impact and importance of servant leadership.

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Servant Leadership

Our GCU community is dedicated to instilling servant leadership within our programs, curriculum and online learning, as well as throughout campus and student experiences. We aim to educate and produce effective, innovative servant leaders for the workforce and community, locally and globally. Our Christian values support the development of moral authority and ethical practice that cultivate strong leadership skills in demand by organizations and industries.

What is Servant Leadership?

Servant leadership is understanding what God's intention is about, emphasizing power, authority, rule, headship, service and humility (as defined by DelHousaye & Brewer, 2004).

"Key traits that result in servant leadership are service, care, love, humility and stewardship," said Dean of the Colangelo College of Business Randy Gibb, PhD. "A leader must be a role model of a company's core values, and those values need to be embedded into all activities and decisions."


Colangelo College of Business

In the Colangelo College of Business, our programs expose you to diverse leadership styles, including trait, behavioral, situational and contingency approaches to leadership. You will learn about fellowship, transformational and transactional leadership, among other types. Leadership topics cover gender, generational and cultural issues. Our college strongly emphasizes the development of servant leaders, as servant leadership is a pivotal part of the curriculum. 

Jerry Colangelo

We partner with valued leaders who impart decades of experience and industry expertise within our colleges. Jerry Colangelo is a nationally renowned sports executive, influential businessman, community icon and academic dignitary at GCU. In 2014, we named our Colangelo College of Business after this sports and business legend. More than just a name, Colangelo's integrity and outstanding character command an ever greater presence at GCU. 

Advisory Board

Leaders from premier businesses and organizations across Arizona volunteer as members of the Colangelo College of Business advisory board and host internship programs for GCU students. Board members from businesses such as Northwestern Mutual, National Bank of Arizona, Wells Fargo, Seed Spot, Salt River Project, Hilton Resorts, JP Morgan Bank, Position Sports and more help build awareness and advocate on behalf of GCU's business college and GCU.

Online MBA Degree

Our online MBA programs prepare future executives and business leaders with advanced skills in organizational growth, operations management, entrepreneurism and concept innovation within the global marketplace. Examine components that drive business success, and learn how to create a productive company culture. Gain the self-confidence to lead business endeavors, and develop managerial concepts and execution strategies to accelerate your career.

Masters Degree in Leadership

The Master of Science in Leadership builds your self-confidence and servant leadership skills to create a collaborative and productive organizational work culture. Explore business leadership models and theories, as well as discuss organizational politics, succession planning and management approaches. Learn effective communication skills and influential decision-making through critical thinking and problem solving.

DBA in Business Management

The DBA, a leadership degree within our College of Doctoral Studies, provides the foundation for developing strategic management and driving organizational change. This leadership in business program instills the skills to meet competitive industry demands and transform business practices. We integrate the dissertation process into your first course and the curriculum. Prepare for scholarly research, evidence-based writing and in-person residencies.

College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

In the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, each of our leadership programs focuses on traditional and contemporary leadership styles with dedicated courses related specifically to servant leadership. This foundational leadership style is taught through the lens of the Bible. Many scriptures provide the framework for servant leadership, especially Matthew 23:11, "The greatest among you must be a servant. For those who exalt themselves must be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted." 

MBA & MSN Dual Degree

The MBA and MSN: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems program prepares experienced nurses who have earned a BSN to develop cross-functional business management and leadership skills in nursing, with an emphasis on advanced healthcare theories. Potential leadership roles include chief nursing officer, vice president of patient services or chief executive officer.

MSN in Leadership

The MSN with an Emphasis in Leadership in Health Care Systems is designed for BSN-prepared nurses who want to advance into a management role. Critically analyze industry research, and prepare for advanced leadership roles within the changing healthcare system. Potential positions include charge nurse director, chief nursing officer and vice president of nursing services.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The DNP provides MSN-prepared nurses with didactic learning, application-based activities and practice immersion experiences essential for achieving the highest level of the profession. Gain leadership skills, while learning theoretical and scientific foundations of healthcare practice. Graduates are prepared to implement evidence-based strategies to improve healthcare delivery and patient outcomes.

College of Science, Engineering and Technology

GCU President and CEO Brian Mueller and STEM leaders collaborate to align our programs with current trends and evolving market needs. These STEM experts help GCU academicians define the STEM curriculum by addressing best practices, industry standards, projected growth, innovations and entrepreneurial vision required by STEM-driven fields. Our goal is to prepare graduates with the workforce readiness and STEM skills to enter an in-demand career. 

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College of Theology

As part of its mission, the College of Theology supports GCU's Christian worldview and commitment to educating students from a distinctly Christian perspective. Our college helps aspiring Christian leaders gain a focused theological education, with a foundation in grounded in biblical truth. If you are seeking a leadership role within your Christian organization, consider the Master of Arts in Christian Studies with an Emphasis in Christian Leadership.

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