Climax: Eschatology and the Aim of Leadership

  • Aaron Perry
Part of the Christian Faith Perspectives in Leadership and Business book series (CFPLB)


Ethical leadership is strengthened when it observes and serves the appropriate purpose and end. Biblical theology unfolds the direction of God’s good creation and casts the horizon of activity that is truly meaningful. This aim helps to distinguish between leadership that seeks right and good ends themselves and leadership that seeks to supply the means to good ends in a good way. Both forms of leadership are ethical provided the means of achieving ends are not mistaken for being ends in themselves. Biblical theology, through eschatology, helps to maintain the proper distinction and arrangement for ethical leadership.


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  1. 1.Indiana Wesleyan UniversityMarionUSA

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