Follow the Leader An Integrated Theology of Leader Development

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Joshua J Broward


This article works toward an integrated theology of leader development by examining the intersections between Trinitarian theology, Christology, and leadership studies. Trinitarian theology points to a leadership style that prioritizes relationship, mutuality, and diversity. A look at the historical Jesus reveals that healthy leadership will intentionally embrace followership, cultivate internal identity, emphasize wisdom over knowledge, practice servanthood, embody authentic humility, empower those on the margins, balance self-sacrifice and self-care, reproduce oneself by investing in a few, constantly contextualize, and strategically disrupt the status quo. Leader development is essentially focused on the character growth of the leader through identity formation, moral formation, and epistemic formation. Effective leadership development will be social, psychologically safe, multilayered, and ongoing.


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Broward, J. (2019). Follow the Leader. Theology of Leadership Journal, 2(1), 86-97. Retrieved from