I must confess, I have a biblical worldview of leadership. Now before you walk away, you need to understand that everyone has a worldview, or a fundamental cognitive orientation (see, isn’t the term ‘worldview easier’?). Some may call it their leadership paradigm (a theoretical or philosophical framework), but I prefer the term worldview because paradigms can shift. Anyway…
Now while I may ascribe to a situational-transformational leadership style, the underlying principles of how I try to lead and influence are from a biblical view. You may find it interesting that research supports the idea of religious principles as key factors in the success of entrepreneurial CEOs. Additionally, research shows a positive relationship between religious commitment and health. Tony & Oster (1998) go so far as to assert that those who desire to be top performers should develop a plan for learning and applying religious teachings.
I find it interesting that Tony & Oster (1998) also report that an individual, though not a religious person, who learns and applies the ethical teachings prescribed in the Bible and Christianity, will benefit more than the self-proclaimed religious person who does not practice those teachings. Did you get that? Someone can be an atheist and live by the principles of the Bible, and benefit more than a person who attends church regularly and does not live by Biblical principles. This to me supports the idea of the timeless truths of scripture.
Think about this, while some of our founding fathers of this nation would not have considered themselves Christians, they did lead from a Biblical worldview. Compared to today, how are we doing? You see, for me the issue is not just about a theology, but a worldview that encourages leaders to always be truthful, credible, and live with the highest degree of integrity. Want to be a better leader? Check your fundamental cognitive orientation – oops, I mean your worldview!