Unusual Power: Leading with Gentleness

  • 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)


While gentleness is not typically on a list of leadership characteristics, we can see from the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday that the concept of a gentle leader has both Old and New Testament roots. This chapter will analyze this type of gentle leadership that is able to flourish in the midst of resistance and injustice while finding leniency in the midst of judgment. The contemporary model of social power base theory provides a framework for applying these ancient insights to contemporary leaders. It is out of this comparison that not only a more fascinating understanding of biblical gentleness is seen but also how gentleness becomes exemplified by the cultural desire to see gentleness that offsets stern laws.


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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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