The Cornerstone Leadership Institute (CLI) is
engaged on the cutting edge of academic research partly through the extant effort of
Ken Gërhart in his pursuit of a Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership at Regent
University. While his course work runs the gamut from Strategic Leadership to
Organizational Behavior to Team Dynamics and many points in between,
his particular research interest is developing an overarching theory of a
theology of leadership. In order to cover the depth and breadth of a theology of leadership, a proto-taxonomy must be developed.
Such a proto-taxonomy - as depicted in Figure 1, sets
forth a dynamic leadership model with the following emerging constructs: 1. An
Ontology of Leadership; 2. Shepherd Leadership: Moses, David & Jesus; 3.
Counter-Social Leadership: Descending into Greatness; 4. Pauline Leadership:
Development, Maintenance & Succession; 5. Crossing Jordan: Eternal Leadership
Lessons from Hospice to Heaven; 6. Sanctification & Transformational
Leadership; 7. Spiritual Intelligence: A Hermeneutical Context; 8.
Christological Leadership: Kenotic to Pleromatic; 9. Trinitarian Leadership:
Team Dynamics of the Godhead; and, 10. Phenomenological Studies of Leadership:
Footprints in History. When aligned, each of these constructs will undergird
the overall theory of a theology of leadership. As this research develops, links to the supporting papers and articles will be provided here for those interested in a deeper dive into this emerging theory of a theology of leadership.
1. An Ontology of Leadership. Mike Ayers, Ph.D. coined the phrase "ontology of leadership" in his seminal work Toward a Theology of Leadership, published in the Journal of Biblical Perspectives on Leadership, Fall of 2006. Ken Gërhart has drawn heavily on Dr. Ayers' work in laying the foundation for his own research.
2. Shepherd Leadership: Moses, David & Jesus. Moses, David, and Jesus all exhibited varied aspects of shepherd leadership. While Moses and David were literal shepherds before becoming shepherd leaders, Jesus was called the good shepherd in tending his spiritual flock. This juxtaposition is examined more closely in this construct.
3. Counter-Social Leadership: Descending into Greatness. God's economy seems inverted from that of the world. The weak are made strong, the last shall be first, and leaders must humble themselves before God by descending into greatness. As opposed to the ascendant ambition of many leaders, Jesus came down from heaven, He stooped down to write in the sand, and he knelt down to wash his followers' feet.
4. Pauline Leadership: Development, Maintenance & Succession. By all accounts the Apostle Paul was a dynamic leader. But he was also a spiritual entrepreneur in establishing churches throughout his missionary journeys. Close scrutiny of his missionary work reveals leadership development, maintenance, and succession in the churches he planted.
5. Crossing Jordan: Eternal Leadership Lessons from Hospice to Heaven. Hospice ministry reveals many important lessons in a life well lived to advance the gospel. As Christians prepare to cross the spiritual Jordan from this life to the next, many leadership lessons emerge.
6. Sanctification & Transformational Leadership. “Shepherd boy, mighty warrior, musician,
poet, sinner, saint. These words all
describe King David, yet he will always be known best as a man after God's own
heart” (Global Christian Center, 2017, para 1). A careful look at the life of King David provides a parallel view of his spiritual development or sanctification and the transformational leader he became.
David: A Case Study in Leadership
7. Spiritual Intelligence: A Hermeneutical Context. What does it mean to have spiritual intelligence (SQ)? Is it related to intelligence quotient (IQ), emotional intelligence (EQ), cross-cultural intelligence (CQ), or business intelligence (BQ)? This construct examines the biblical basis for SQ by studying the lives of several bible characters.
8. Christological Leadership: Kenotic to Pleromatic. Was Christ more like the Prosac Jesus portrayed in popular films or the forceful dynamo who chased the money-changers out of the temple? This broad dichotomy is examined in this construct.
9. Trinitarian Leadership: Team Dynamics of the Godhead. Characterizing the trinity as a team is an interesting construct. How do Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and the Father interact as a team? Is there a hierarchy or is their status equal in the Godhead? These and other probing questions are addressed in this construct.
10. Phenomenological Studies of Leadership: Footprints in History. Great leaders have emerged on the global stage for a variety of reasons. The specific phenomenon surrounding their assent are assessed here along with their leadership theology.
Other research papers published or co-published by Ken Gërhart are set forth below:
1. A Theology of
Leadership. 4th ANNUAL ELLTA CONFERENCE: PERSPECTIVES ON
LEADERSHIP, LEARNING AND SOCIAL ENTERPRISE IN ASIA. Bangkok, Thailand. July
25-27, 2017. Ken Gërhart, LeTourneau University.
Policy: Friend or Foe? The Business & Management Review. 6th INTERNATIONAL
CONFERENCE ON BUSINESS & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (ICBED). New York,
USA. Volume 8, Number 4. ISSN 2047-2854. April 10-11, 2017. Warren Mathews,
Belhaven University; Robert Driver & Ken
Gërhart, LeTourneau University.
3. A Meta Study
of the Educational Value of Study Abroad Programs. INTERNATIONAL
BUSINESS RESEARCH CONFERENCE. Las Vegas, Nevada. August 1 – 2, 2016. Warren
Matthews and Ken Gërhart.
4. Preparing Students
through Travel Learning. ANNUAL PARIS BUSINESS RESEARCH
CONFERENCE. Paris, France. July 28-29, 2016. Warren Matthews and Ken Gërhart.
5. Study Abroad:
Classroom for the 21st Century. ISBN 978-986-89298-3-8. ANNUAL
CONFERENCE ON MANAGEMENT AND SOCIAL SCIENCES. Honolulu, Hawaii. August 9-11,
2016. Warren Matthews and Ken Gërhart.
6. Adding Value
to Higher Education through Study Abroad Travel. INTERNATIONAL
ACADEMIC RESEARCH CONFERENCE. Sponsored by the Center for Scholastic Inquiry.
Scottsdale, AZ. October 5-7, 2016. Warren Matthews, Belhaven University and
Ken Gërhart, LeTourneau University.
Decisions without Net Present Value: Delphi Method and Scenario
Writing/Planning. THE 7TH EUROPEAN BUSINESS RESEARCH CONFERENCE.
15-16 December 2016. Rome, Italy. Ken Gërhart, LeTourneau University and
Warren Matthews, Belhaven University.
Policy at the Zero Lower Bound. THE 7TH EUROPEAN BUSINESS
RESEARCH CONFERENCE. 15-16 December 2016. Rome, Italy. Warren Matthews,
Robert Driver, and Ken Gërhart.