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Researchers began developing the basis for authentic leadership during their studies of transformational leadership theory; however, they did not finish the research on authentic leadership until later. Nevertheless, authentic leadership is one of the core leadership theories that society recognizes as trustworthy (Northouse, 2022). To be effective, the interpersonal process of authentic leadership involves both parties, the leader and the follower. Authentic leadership requires leaders to act according to their own values and live these values out through their management of people (Northouse, 2022). Northouse (2022) states, “When tested in difficult situations, authentic leaders do not compromise their values” (p. 200). Christ called his followers to follow him at all costs. This means most of the disciples ended up as martyrs for their Christian faith and values. Readers see this in the lives of Jesus’ disciples, such as Paul. That is the most extraordinary form of authentic leadership, in this researcher’s opinion.
Counter to the interpersonal process, the intrapersonal perspective focuses on the leader’s actions alone. This type of authentic leadership emphasizes two parties. This includes the leader’s knowledge, self-control, and self-conceptualization (Northouse, 2022). As this researcher was readingLeadership: Theory and Practicethis week, she noticed that the intrapersonal perspective emphasizes the leader’s actions but does not account for the follower’s actions. This reminded her of the parable about the rich young ruler. In Matthew 10, Jesus tells his disciples a story about the rich young ruler who asked him, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus replied, telling him to sell his possessions and follow him (New International Bible,1978/2011, Matthew 10:17-27). In this instance, the follower did not obey what the leader commanded. This demonstrates the human need for responsibility on both sides of the action. Whether it is God’s authority leading humanity or humans leading humans, there is a mutual responsibility to take action.
New International Bible. (2011). Zondervan. (Original work published 1978)
Northouse, P.G. (2022).Leadership: Theory and practice.SAGE Publications. (Original work published in 2015)
May 31, 2022May 31 at 9:19am
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Good morning, all –
Does anyone else feel like Christmas is here this week!? I have been anxiously awaiting this week’s material on the various transformational theories of leadership. I believe for my future personal theology and philosophy paper this is where I’ll be sitting for the majority of it; as I truly do believe if we take transformational, authentic, and servant leadership theories and mold them into one we uncover a beautiful symphony that can be applied for just about every Christian leadership situation. Nonetheless, I suppose that new theoretical proposal would have to be saved for another day!
At any rate, I believe we will all agree without hesitation that Servant Leadership is consistent with the biblical narrative. After all, two words: Jesus Christ. So, I would like to further support transformational leadership as biblically solid instead. When we consider that transformational theory does three things: 1.) raises consciousness to overall goals, 2.) gets followers to focus on the team, and 3.) moves followers to address higher needs (Northouse, n.d., p. 168). The premise behind these components are directly aligned with Colossians 3:2; wherein, we are to set our minds on things above (ESV, 2016). When Christian leaders, who are already focused on Kingdom work, seek to lead towards transformation, this theory provides a great pathway to mission success.
On the flip side, we must take note that psuedotransformational is one pitfall to watch out for. “This term refers to leaders who are self-consumed, exploitive, and power oriented, with warped moral values (Bass & Riggio, 2006). Pseudotransformational leadership is considered personalized leadership, which focuses on the leader’s own interests” (Northouse, n.d., p. 165). As with any leadership approach, our heart must be in check first. Therefore, no matter who well-structured a Christian leader is, they must always be mindful of intentions and perspective.Lastly, with regards to transactional leadership theory, it must be remembered that this theory, “does not individualize the needs of the followers or focus on their development” (Northouse, n.d., p. 173) and a Christian leader must be careful if they choose to utilize this leadership approach. Again, intent and motives are key!
Northouse, P. G. (n.d.).Leadership: Theory and practice. Retrieved from https://platform.virdocs.com/r/s/0/doc/544863/sp/198583730/mi/613679743?cfi=%2F4%2F2%2F10%2F222%2F2
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). Crossway Bibles
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