Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Joke van Saane
    Pages 43-57 Open Access
  3. Anoosha Makka
    Pages 77-90 Open Access
  4. Calvyn C. du Toit, Christo Lombaard
    Pages 91-104 Open Access
  5. C. J. P. (Nelus) Niemandt
    Pages 151-168 Open Access
  6. Jacobus (Kobus) Kok, Steven C. van den Heuvel
    Pages C1-C1 Open Access

About this book


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.


Open access Spirituality and leadership Spirituality in the workplace Discernment in organizations VUCA and leadership strategies Interdisciplinary approaches to leadership Corporate social responsibility and spirituality

Editors and affiliations

  • Jacobus (Kobus) Kok
    • 1
  • Steven C. van den Heuvel
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of New TestamentEvangelische Theologische Faculteit LeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.Department of Systematic TheologyEvangelische Theologische FaculteitLeuvenBelgium

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.

Bibliographic information


“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)