Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 57, Issue 3, pp 821–835 | Cite as

“Can One Put Faith and Work in the Same Sentence?” Faith Development and Vocation of a Female Leader in the Engineering Profession

  • Claude-Hélène MayerEmail author
  • Rian Viviers
Original Paper


Faith has been pointed out as a possible resource in strengthening individuals’ health and well-being at work. The aim of this article is to gain in-depth knowledge of the faith development and vocation of a selected female leader in a male-dominated work context. The article contributes to research on faith development in women leaders, based on Fowler’s faith development theory. This is a single case study grounded in a qualitative research design. In-depth qualitative data were gathered through observation and interviews over 18 months. Findings showed the development of faith across a women leader’s life span and highlight that faith and vocation are important resources that provide strength, meaningfulness and a vision.


Health and well-being Fowler’s faith development theory Single case study, qualitative research Women leadership Male-dominated profession Engineering Australia 



We would like to express our sincere thanks to M for her interest in the research, her cooperation, and the highly important insights she provided.

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Conflict of interest

Both authors have been fully involved in the research and in writing the article. The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in this study involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from the individual participant included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ManagementRhodes UniversityGrahamstownSouth Africa
  2. 2.Institut für Therapeutische Kommunikation und SprachgebrauchEuropa Universität ViadrinaFrankfurt (Oder)Germany
  3. 3.Department of Industrial and Organisational PsychologyUniversity of South AfricaPretoriaSouth Africa

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