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This project was designed to assess the development antecedents needed for a Christian Chief Executive Officer (CEO), of an organization that is not distinctly Judeo-Christian or biblical in purpose or mission, to realize transformational impact in alignment with the servant leadership virtues captured in the Lanctot and Irving Character/Virtues Model. In any type of organization, Christians often climb to the highest levels of leadership because of their character and virtues. Followers of these Christian leaders can move one of two ways: 1) toward servant leadership virtues and biblical morality, or 2) away from the leader’s virtues and values toward self-focused priorities and values more in alignment with post-modern relativism. A guiding question of this study focuses on the factors that separate an effective Christian CEO-level leader, in terms of enduring and transformational moral impact on his/her followers and the organization, from a leader who struggles to maintain his/her spiritual vitality amid the stresses of a demanding leadership role. A structured interview process was developed to assess the development antecedents and spiritual formation process experienced by these Christian CEO-level leaders. In addition, the interviews sought evidence of transformational impact on the organization’s culture. The findings of the CEO-level interviews were compared to the character development, spiritual formation and impact of two biblical leaders, Joseph and Daniel, who uniquely served as senior level leaders in non-Judeo-Christian contexts.
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