Details for Leadership Principles

This paper provides the student with an understanding of the principles of leadership as applicable to a church context.

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: LEAM01
  • Credit points: 15

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Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

This paper provides the student with an understanding of the principles of leadership as applicable to a church context.


Students should be able to:

  1. Identify the processes involved in establishing vision and mission statements, and achieving goals 
  2. Describe different personal leadership styles and how to both identify and develop these to increase effectiveness. This includes consideration of other Christian perspectives and understandings
  3. Discuss the principles of communication in relation to leadership 
  4. Demonstrate an ability to set priorities, develop a work plan, manage their own time and time of others 
  5. Describe the personal values necessary to lead within a Christian context 


Subject Content

  • Who will you follow? How will you lead?
  • Leadership and Ministry
  • The heart of a servant leader
  • The head of a leader
  • The hands of a leader
  • Intellectual strength and emotional intelligence
  • The dark side of leadership
  • Strategic planning
  • Identifying Leaders
  • Levels of leadership and delegation
  • The habits of a leader
  • Spiritual intelligence and team work
  • Why Lead like Jesus?

Assessment Methods

Reflective Essay, Major Essay, Critical Reflection

Prescribed Text

Ken Blanchard & Phil Hodges, Lead like Jesus (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2008).



Representative References

Banks, R. and Powell, K. Faith in Leadership: How Leaders Live Out Their Faith in Their Work and Why It Matters. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2004.

Bass, Richard. Leadership in Congregations. Herndon, Va.: Alban Institute, 2007.

Creps, Earl. Off-Road Disciplines: Spiritual Adventures of Missional Leaders. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2006.

Daft, R.L. The Leadership Experience. 3rd Edition. Mason, OH: South-Western Publishing, 2002.

DePree, Max. Leading without Power: Finding Hope in Serving Community. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2003.

Jagelman, I. The Empowered Church. Lane Cove: The Jagelman Institute, 2007.

Kent, M. Becoming a Woman of Influence. Colorado Springs: NavPress, 2006.

Lombardo, M.M. and Eichinger, R.W. For Your Improvement. Minneapolis: Lominger, 1996.

McKenna, R.B. 'Leadership Development and Clergy: Understanding the Events and Lessons that Shape Pastoral Leaders.' Journal of Psychology and Theology Vol. 35, no. 3 (September, 2007): 179-190.

Malphurs, Aubrey. Being Leaders. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2003.

Malphurs, A. Values-Driven Leadership: Discovering and Developing Your Core Values for Ministry. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, MI.: Baker Books, 2004.

Maxwell, J.C. The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow. TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2007.

McIntosh & Rima. Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership. Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1997.

Nauta, Rein. ‘People Make the Place: Religious Leadership and the Identity of the Local Congregation.’ Pastoral Psychology Vol. 56, no. 1 (September 2007): 45-52.

Patching, K. Leadership, Character & Strategy: Exploring Diversity. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007.

Shamir, B. et al. Follower-Centered Perspectives on Leadership. Greenwich: IAP, 2007.

Smith, B. N., R.V. Montagno, and T.N. Kuzmenko. “Transformational and Servant Leadership: Content and Conceptual Comparisons.” Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies 10 (2004): 80-91


Journal of Leadership and Organisational Studies

Journal of Leadership Studies

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