This book argues that ethical leadership without a theological foundation is lacking a firm foundation. It begins with a critical assessment of ethical leadership as a leadership theory, showing how ethics and theology became separated, creating the space for ethical leadership outside of theology. Nevertheless, the author argues that ethical leadership without a biblical basis is weak, though one need not be religious to embrace the leadership principles of biblical theology. Unfolding Christology, anthropology, eschatology, and contextualized leadership as four key aspects of biblical theology for ethical leadership, this book will appeal to those studying leadership, business, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Aaron Perry is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Care and Christian Ministry at Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University. He is the editor of Developing Ears to Hear: Listening in Pastoral Ministry, the Spiritual Life, and Theology and co-editor of Leadership the Wesleyan Way: An Anthology for Forming Leaders in Wesleyan Thought and Practice. He is also co-author of He Ascended into Heaven: Learn to Live an Ascension-Shaped Life.
As a complement to the plethora of books that address the what and how of ethical leadership, Aaron Perry offers a lucid account of the why of ethical leadership from a biblical perspective. In a conversational and sometimes downright funny style, he demonstrates that leading is an inherently theological endeavor and offers insights that are both practical and theologically sound. Both scholars and practicing leaders will benefit from this book.
Michael E. Palanski, Associate Professor, Saunders College of Business, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA
Aaron Perry argues that theology serves the needs of real leaders, by clarifying vision, giving crucial insight into self and others, and taking us deep: into the complexities and profundities of what makes us human, and human agents for good in the world. Sondra Wheeler, Martha Ashby Carr Professor of Christian Ethics, Wesley Theological Seminary, USA
This book will push pastors to think about their role as a pastor-leader, and it is also accessible for any parishioner.
Rev. Tara Beth Leach, Senior Pastor, First Church of the Nazarene of Pasadena, USA
Aaron Perry gives us theologically well-formed, biblical theology for truly Christian leadership. Church leaders will find wise guidance in these pages.
Will Willimon, Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry, Duke Divinity School, USA
Dr. Aaron Perry provides an accessible on-ramp to theological and ethical foundations for Christian leadership. His insights guide ones entrusted with authority through the identity, role and impact dimensions of an applied theological ethic of leadership.
Thomas F. Tumblin, Professor of Leadership and Associate Provost for Global Initiatives & Academic Affairs, Asbury Theological Seminary, USA