Spiritual Disciplines for Transformation, Renewal, and Sustainable Leadership

  • J. Lee Whittington
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Recently there has been a great deal of focus on creating sustainable organizations. A commonly cited definition of sustainability is “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” In this chapter, I take the notion of sustainability and apply it to individual leaders by addressing these questions: How can leaders meet their current responsibilities without compromising their future capacity to lead? How can leaders excel in their leadership roles without sacrificing family and personal well-being? I approach these questions from a Biblical perspective, and this chapter begins with a comprehensive definition of leadership that is based on scriptures. Drawing on my own experience and using life lessons from several leaders, I then discuss a set of spiritual disciplines that can prevent leader derailment and set the leader up for a sustainable leadership that has positive impact now and for generations to come.


Leadership Sustainability Spiritual disciplines 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Satish and Yasmin Gupta College of BusinessUniversity of DallasIrvingUSA

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