Shared Leadership In The Indiana Knights of Columbus: A Mixed Methods Study


Franklin University Dissertation Excellence Award - Nominee (Fall 2023)

Date of Award

Fall 2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)

Committee Chair

Tim Reymann

Committee Member

Yuerong Sweetland

Committee Member

Steven Tincher


The Indiana Knights of Columbus operate in small independent organizations called Councils to serve local communities through charitable acts. The charity work that the organization performs has transformed since the COVID-19 pandemic, which may have created an opportunity for shared leadership within the organization. This mixed methods sequential explanatory research was intended to explore the establishment and effect of shared leadership on performance and team engagement within the Indiana Knights of Columbus organization by combining quantitative and qualitative techniques. The quantitative methodology focused on exploring if shared leadership existed within the organization and determining if there is a relationship to performance. The qualitative methodology explored the effects of shared leadership on team engagement within the organization. The expectation was that shared leadership exists in the Indiana Knights of Columbus and that shared leadership positively affects performance and team engagement. The research began in April of 2023 and concluded in June of 2023. The research showed no statistical significance between shared leadership and performance except in the performance category of Life. Also, the data showed a positive relationship between shared leadership and team engagement.