Fruitful Leadership: Leading with Love

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

Abstract

Given the considerable turbulence throughout global societies, there is a ground-breaking shift in the way organizations view leadership. At the center of this is a shift toward leading with love and respect. The construct of love transcends Sacred and secular organizations. The chapter will examine how organizations can move from dysfunctional to functional conflict through leading with love. The analysis will show love to be the cardinal virtue from which all other virtues come, and that its position in Paul’s list of fruit was rhetorically designed to emphasize love as the preeminent source of all leadership virtues. The analysis will show that context of the use of the term in the fruit of the Spirit is descriptive of benevolence, affection, goodwill, and charity. Using the relationship between David and Jonathan as a starting point, the exegetical analysis will transcend the Old and New Testaments to examine the Biblical conceptualization of love and apply it to contemporary organizational constructs such as compassionate leadership, organizational culture, self-giving, and leadership motivation.

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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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