Jared D. Lock, Ph.D., founder and CEO of The JDL Group

We are pleased to announce our founder and CEO, Jared D. Lock, Ph.D., will present at the annual SIOP Conference in Austin, Texas on April 23-25, 2020, at the Downtown J.W. Marriott on Driving a Servant Leadership Culture, as part of The Rise of the Servant Leader panel discussion. Dr. Lock has been presenting at SIOP since 1996 and his talks are always well-attended and provide useful insight to both scientists and practitioners.

The 80-minute servant leadership session takes place on April 25 at 10 a.m. CST in the Lone Star Salon C room. The first 50 minutes of this multidisciplinary alternative session type will allow each expert on the panel to speak about his or her own research and/or consulting experiences in the area of servant leadership. The final 30 minutes will be devoted to a free-wheeling panel discussion format with heavy audience interaction. Here’s what attendees can expect to learn:

The Rise of the Servant Leader

Servant leaders put the interests of their employees and the organization ahead of their own, in contrast to traditional conceptualizations of leadership that focus on power, status and coercion, and see the leader as one who controls, influences and directs others to achieve a vision. Servant leaders feel a moral responsibility not just to the success of the organization, but to the success of their subordinates, customers and other stakeholders.

“Several of The JDL Group’s clients have either tried to institute or improve Servant Leader cultures and we have studied the variables that impact success,” explains Dr. Lock. “It really is quite interesting to see an organization try to embrace these concepts while getting their work accomplished.”

Driving a Servant Leadership Culture

Dr. Lock will present a procedural process used at The JDL Group to help organizations create a Servant Leadership environment along with corresponding research for each step of the process helping the audience understand how to bridge the research “I” side of this topic with practical “O” side implementation strategies. “While we will present solid “science” behind our servant leadership work, there is quite a bit of “art” which also is indicative of success,” explains Dr. Lock.

This combination of research and case studies will show how executive characteristics are associated with likely success in terms of implementing a Servant Leadership Culture both as individual Servant Leaders and as leaders of a company trying to become more Servant in style. At The JDL Group, our research shows the leadership group’s propensity towards servant leadership themselves creates the upper bound of likely success of implementing and succeeding through a Servant Leadership culture.

The three-step process includes: 

1.  Assessing executive teams in terms of their likely ability to pull off a servant leader culture. Dr. Lock will link personality characteristics and executive team level characteristics to data-base driven indices of Servant Leadership and future success in terms of becoming more servant in style.


2.  Showing the outcomes of research which suggest only 30% of organizations likely have the characteristic and cultural make-up to both be and become a Servant Leadership organization. Dr. Lock will demonstrate the likely activities and training and development initiatives that will help an organization become more servant, even if it is not a natural inclination. That said, Dr. Lock notes, “If the leadership make-up simply is not adjusted towards Servant Leadership, no amount of training or cultural intervention will help.”

3.  Presenting a consulting process that focuses less on Servant Leadership as an end goal and instead helps organizations become more “deliberate” in terms of where and how they want to implement their Servant Leadership possibilities. In this way, Dr. Lock will show how to link executive characteristics to the best and worst ways to implement a Servant Leadership culture, what works, what is most efficient, and what to do if Servant Leadership does not seem to be in the cards for an organization.

“The evolutionary process of understanding who you currently are and how that likely will manifest itself in potential future states is highly engaging and an interesting study,” adds Dr. Lock. “Regardless of whether an organization ends up moving to a Servant Leadership culture, the deliberate act of thinking about it and making authentic changes in behaviors around the culture typically results in significant improvement.”

Servant Leadership Culture Likely is Not for All Organizations

Dr. Lock’s research across over 40 companies indicates Servant Leadership may not even be a realistic consideration for over 30% of companies. His research-backed strategy for using Executive Team characteristics to predict likely company ability to become more Servant (and how much more) will be discussed. Finally, based on the above two points, he will present evidence for how best to use training, leadership development and culture change initiatives in order to drive best possible outcomes in all situations. According to Dr. Lock, “While Servant Leadership as the ultimate outcome may not be achieved, the simple journey of thinking about your culture and deliberately doing something about it is beneficial to all organizations.”

About the SIOP Conference

The SIOP Conference is the world’s largest annual gathering for Industrial-Organizational Psychology with more than 5,000 practitioners, researchers, educators and students from over 40 countries anticipated to be in attendance. For more information or to register for the event, visit the SIOP website here.

About The JDL Group

The JDL Group, founded by Jared D. Lock, Ph.D., brings the highest level of predictive accuracy to the people side of business, working hard and in an agile manner to solve business leaders’ most complex people problems ensuring strong, predictive organizational decisions. With decades of worldwide experience spanning six continents, The JDL Group’s team of licensed Industrial/Organizational Psychologists specialize in agile performance improvement, culture change, executive selection/development and comprehensive assessments.