Calm in the Storm: Leading with Patience

  • 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)


In recent years, leadership issues related to ethics (and, most prominently, ethical failures) have been frequently drawn into the public spotlight. Concurrently, leadership research has shifted toward virtue-based theories and the consideration of leader character. Although patience has been rarely discussed in the context of leadership, the important of patience can be understood considering its role as a virtue. The virtue of patience describes a condition of tranquility while waiting for an outcome or persevering under provocation. Although patience can perhaps most clearly be exemplified in the Judeo-Christian context as the characteristic of a God that did not abandon His people despite their frequent disloyal treatment of Him, this virtue can be a powerful tool for proactive, rather than reactive, leaders. This chapter considers a biblical understanding of patience and how this characteristic can be incorporated into modern leadership contexts.


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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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