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Leading in a VUCA World

Integrating Leadership, Discernment and Spirituality

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  • Presents a unique integration of spirituality with discernment, in the context of leadership
  • Offers positive-critical perspectives on the current VUCA environment
  • Displays a fruitful interaction between theoretical perspectives and practice from inter-and transdisciplinary scholars

Part of the book series: Contributions to Management Science (MANAGEMENT SC.)

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This open access book brings together works by specialists from different disciplines and continents to reflect on the nexus between leadership, spirituality and discernment, particularly with regard to a world that is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA). The book spells out, first of all, what our VUCA world entails, and how it affects businesses, organizations, and societies as a whole. Secondly, the book develops new perspectives on the processes of leadership, spirituality, and discernment, particularly in this VUCA context. These perspectives are interdisciplinary in nature, and are informed by e.g. management studies, leadership theory, philosophy, and theology.

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Table of contents (13 chapters)


“Few would dispute Editors Jacobus (Kobus) Kok and Steven van den Heuvel’s first sentence that “we live in a particularly revolutionary time.” This in and of itself begs the question of whether our current leadership models are up for this task and, if not, what fundamental quality is missing that leaders must embrace for them, their organizations, and the planet to flourish. Although spiritual leadership has emerged as a field of scholarly inquiry within the last twenty years, missing is investigation of the role discernment may play in enabling leaders to draw on deeper levels of consciousness for the peace and serenity needed to be the eye in the VUCA hurricane. I view this work as the beginning of what I’m sure will be a long and winding pilgrimage of inner discovery for leaders willing to embrace the journey.” (Prof. Dr. Louis W. (Jody) Fry, Texas A&M University, USA)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of New Testament, Evangelische Theologische Faculteit Leuven, Belgium

    Jacobus (Kobus) Kok

  • Extraordinary Professor, University of Pretoria, South Africa

    Jacobus (Kobus) Kok

  • Research Associate (Classical Studies) at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

    Jacobus (Kobus) Kok

  • Department of Systematic Theology, Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven, Belgium

    Steven C. van den Heuvel

  • Extraordinary Researcher at the Faculty of Theology, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa

    Steven C. van den Heuvel

About the editors

Prof. Dr. Jacobus (Kobus) Kok is Full Professor and Head of Department New Testament Studies at the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven, Belgium. He is also a Senior Research Associate and NRF Y1 rated scholar at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.
Dr. Steven C. van den Heuvel is Postdoctoral Researcher in Systematic Theology at the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven (Belgium) and Senior Researcher at the Institute of Leadership and Social Ethics. He is also an Extraordinary Researcher in the Unit for Reformed Theology and Development of the S.A. Society at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University, South Africa.

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