During this course, you will be introduced to the concepts of organization, organizational culture, paradigm, and worldviews, including both biblical and secular perspectives. Particular attention will be given to the manner in which culture, paradigms, and worldviews shape our understanding of leadership.

Beyond the major theories and concepts of leadership and organizations, you will be exposed to the major points of interest and questions that surround the study of organizational leadership. Some of these issues include the distinction between leadership and leaders, the distinction between leadership and management, the place of followership in leadership studies, and the meaning of servant leadership.

Using this knowledge, you will be challenged to examine and re-conceptualize your understanding of leadership and to begin to apply these concepts and theories in today’s increasingly complex organizations.

During this course, you will be introduced to the concepts of organization, organizational culture, paradigm, and worldviews, including both biblical and secular perspectives. Particular attention will be given to the manner in which culture, paradigms, and worldviews shape our understanding of leadership.

Beyond the major theories and concepts of leadership and organizations, you will be exposed to the major points of interest and questions that surround the study of organizational leadership. Some of these issues include the distinction between leadership and leaders, the distinction between leadership and management, the place of followership in leadership studies, and the meaning of servant leadership.

Using this knowledge, you will be challenged to examine and re-conceptualize your understanding of leadership and to begin to apply these concepts and theories in today’s increasingly complex organizations.

This course emphasizes understanding the relationship between effective leadership and work motivation, with an emphasis on "engagement”. What role does motivation play in the leadership process? This adventure into the study of the relationship between leadership and work motivation is multifaceted. It is clear that there is much more to it than the "flavor of the month” approach that is popular in many organizations. Steers, Porter, & Bigley (1996, p. 3) describe motivation as "a highly complex phenomenon that affects, and is affected by, a multitude of factors in t he work milieu.” In order to gain an understanding of some of those complexities, this course begins with consideration of the meaning and purpose of work - Why do people work? The course includes several theories of motivation, which will help in understanding some of the practices that exist in work organizations. The course also explores assumptions about human nature that form the basis for motivational theories and practices. Humanistic assumptions are contrasted with biblical descriptions of human nature - What assumptions about people are made when deciding to implement motivational strategies among co-workers and others? Overarching questions in the course include: What is the relationship between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation? How can motivational models and processes be applied in the workplace and in other real-world situations? What are some of the ethical implications involved in the motivational process? These and other issues help to develop an understanding that work motivation involves more than the proverbial carrot or stick.

Typically excluded from the discourse on work motivation are the identification, analysis, and application of biblical principles to motivational theory and processes. An important outcome of this course is the development of a perspective on motivation that includes themes derived from the Bible. A foundational theme of this course is that work and other human pursuits are meaningless unless done to the glory of God. This theme is reiterated throughout the course with readings from the book of Ecclesiastes. These and other biblical passages bring a perspective to the discourse on work motivation that is absent from most writings on the subject.