In this book R. Scott Rodin offers a unique and profoundly theologically informed model of leadership forged out of his extensive experience and theological studies. This model is personal, dynamic and transformative for the leaders themselves, for the people they work with and for the institution or organizations in which they serve.
Kent Wilson presents a comprehensive model for steward leadership, where leaders act as stewards or trustees rather than owners, managing resources on behalf of others for the good of others. Designed by a nonprofit leader for nonprofit leaders, this fresh approach to leadership gives you a new focus to lead your organization with excellence.
Steward leadership is a form of leadership that focuses on others, the community and society at large, rather than the self. Many senior leaders and executives across the globe appear to ‘naturally’ move into a stewardship mindset at a ripe age or when their careers have matured, whereas executives of around 30 years old, on average, are typically focused on their personal self-interests. The authors of Steward Leadership: a maturational perspective, who teach MBA courses around the world, wondered how to develop stewards at younger ages and set about creating a framework for stewardship and its requisite behaviour. Their research was conducted among a group of MBA students, testing nine stewardship attributes: personal vision, personal mastery, vulnerability and maturity, risk-taking and experimentation, mentoring, raising awareness, shared vision, valuing diversity, and delivering results. The outcome of the study, which is explored in this book, provides a base-line of attitudes which were tested against various demographic variables. In addition, the authors interviewed industry leaders from around the world to gauge their perspectives on and experience with the concept of stewardship and some of its dimensions, to gain qualitative insights. The results of their research provide the theoretical as well as consulting tools with which organisations can develop stewards, whether through training programmes, mentoring programmes, coaching initiatives and/or personal development practices. The authors believe that stewardship is a more viable and indeed better alternative to current leadership concepts. This book provides a roadmap by which contemporary and upcoming leaders can be guided into developing their leadership abilities – and become the stewards of the future.
MONEY. STEWARDSHIP. LEADERSHIP. How do they fit together? Becoming a Steward Leader explores what it means to go beyond prevailing paradigms on money and possessions to embrace a biblical view of stewardship. This book will fundamentally change the way you think, lead, and live. It will help leaders equip others to be rich towards God by living as biblical stewards. The experienced thought leaders who contributed to this book reflect on their life's work in stewardship thinking and application. They share insights, counsel, concerns, and aspirations for the emerging generation of Christian leaders. - Discover the biblical understanding of a steward - Explore the U.S. history on stewardship thinking - Apply insights to become a steward leader - Overcome the god-like power of money - Embrace giving as an essential discipline of Christian living - Nurture and grow a donor's heart of generosity - Engage the economy as a steward leader Becoming a Steward Leader advocates resource development as transformative ministry in the life of the giver, rather than as a transactional act aimed simply at acquiring funds. This book will help you to examine your heart motives and encourage others in their journey to become biblical steward leaders.
The results of this research determined the predominant models of leadership used by Christians in senior leadership positions of for-profit organizations, and revealed significant attitudinal relationships existed based on a leader's identification with distinguishable steward leader characteristics. The researcher administered the Christian For-Profit Leader Survey, modified with permission from Wilson's (2010) Christian Nonprofit Leader Survey, to 209 Christians in senior leadership positions of for-profit organizations. The survey included eight demographic type questions and five attitudinal questions, containing 58 opinion statements that respondents ranked on a five point Likert-type scale.This research found servant leadership (80%) was the predominant leadership model used by Christians in senior leadership of for-profit companies. The research revealed a minority (19%) of Christian leaders of for-profit organizations claimed to operate under steward leadership. The study concluded significant attitudinal differences and relationships existed between steward leaders and non-steward leaders based on identifiable steward leader characteristics. A leader's self-identification as a steward leader is a predictor of a leader's attitude toward responsibility, authority, accountability, organizational ownership, and concern for the poor.This study presented findings that may be useful in future research regarding steward leadership among Christians in for-profit organizations.