Controlled but Not Controlling: Leading with Self-Control

  • Mihai C. Bocarnea
  • Joshua Henson
  • Russell L. Huizing
  • Michael Mahan
  • Bruce E. Winston
Part of the Christian Faith Perspectives in Leadership and Business book series (CFPLB)


Contemporary leadership contexts are rife with stress, competitiveness, and demanding expectations. These contexts litter the newsfeed with examples of leaders who have lost control in either their professional or personal lives. Genesis provides the story of Joseph and his inimitable degree of self-control in the presence of those who have forgotten and forsaken him. Out of this study of mastering, curbing, and restraining one’s desires and passions one might wrongly deduce that self-control limits freedom. However, the study of ancient material suggests just the opposite—that it is out of freedom that the most effective self-control is cultivated. This then begins to explain an aspect of the effective leadership characterized by Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, and police officers.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mihai C. Bocarnea
    • 1
    • 2
  • Joshua Henson
    • 3
  • Russell L. Huizing
    • 4
  • Michael Mahan
    • 2
  • Bruce E. Winston
    • 2
  1. 1.Regent UniversityVirginia BeachUSA
  2. 2.Regent UniversityChesapeakeUSA
  3. 3.Regent UniversityOcalaUSA
  4. 4.Toccoa Falls CollegeClarkesvilleUSA

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