Dan Ebener


Dr. Dan Ebener has been practicing leadership and developing leaders in churches, businesses, and nonprofits since 1975.

He teaches leadership theory, strategic planning, leading change, dialogical skills, conflict resolution, team-building and servant leadership, especially for the Master in Organizational Leadership program. Dan also provides leadership training for churches, nonprofits, and businesses and has conducted strategic planning for over 160 organizations.

Dan has traveled to 67 countries and teaches leadership each summer in Croatia and every other summer in Germany. He is the author of two books on servant leadership, co-author of a book on strategic planning, and author of a fourth (upcoming) book on parish leadership.

A brief summary of Dan's leadership and service work is below.

Dr. Ebener CV (pdf)

Teaching Experience

Education and Training

  • DBA, MSW, MBA, St. Ambrose University
  • MA, St. Mary's College, Winona, Minn.
  • BA, Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill., Social Work
  • St. Ambrose College, Seminary



Strategic Planning: An Interactive Process for Leaders (2015). Co-authored with Frederick L. Smith. Paulist Press.

Blessings for Leaders: Leadership Wisdom from the Beatitudes (2012). Liturgical Press.

Servant Leadership Models for Your Parish (2010). Paulist Press.


Published series of three articles on Croatia and one article on Honduras, The Catholic Messenger, 2014.

Published article in Catechetical Today about leadership, June 2013.

Published article in Sojourners magazine on servant leadership, February 2011.

Published article in PRIEST magazine about servant leadership and stewardship, February 2011.

Published article in Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Spring 2010.

Published 8 articles on "Parish Life and Servant Leadership", The Catholic Messenger, Spring 2008.

Published "Parish Life and Servant Leadership", CHURCH Magazine, National Pastoral Life Center, September 2008.

Presented paper on servant leadership, Midwest Academy of Management, Chicago, IL, March 2005.

Staff author, 14 statements of the Iowa bishops through the Iowa Catholic Conference, 1990 - 2006.

Op-ed articles published regularly in several newspapers, 1980 - present.

More About Dr. Ebener

Teaching Experience

Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL), SAU, full-time, 2006-present
Professor in College of Business for Managerial Studies, teaching primarily in MOL at St. Ambrose University (SAU). Courses include strategic planning, leadership theory, conflict resolution, dialogical leadership, not-for-profit management, servant leadership, leading change, leadership through people skills, international leadership and team-building. Also teaching an undergraduate course in leadership.

Zagreb School of Economics and Management (ZSEM), Croatia, 2009-present, adjunct
Taught international courses in Leadership through ZSEM, Croatia. Taught weeklong course that includes 8-15 St. Ambrose students and 45-60 Croatian students each year since 2009. Also taught four weeklong courses for ZSEM and four 8-hour leadership seminars for Mate Publishing, in Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia, May 2009, 2010 and 2011. Taught additional leadership seminars for ZSEM in 2012, 2013 and 2015.

Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany, June 2013 - present
Taught 4-week international course in leadership through Technical University of Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Master of Business Administration (MBA), SAU, part-time
Taught not-for-profit management, business ethics, and human resources management.


Yves Congar Award for Leadership Development, National Conference on Pastoral Planning and Council Development, April 2015

Named "Letter Writer of the Year," Quad-City Times, December 28, 2014

Blessings for Leaders named as Best Seller by Publisher, December 2014; Any New Book Award, 2012

Servant Leadership Models for your Parish, Catholic Press Award, 2011

Social Justice Award, St. Ambrose University, 2004

Spirit of Service Award, United Way of the Quad Cities, 2002


Dan Ebener

Organizational Leadership
McMullen Hall 215F
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

Master of Organizational Leadership

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