Even though the leadership literature has studied the antecedents and outcomes of virtuous leadership, there is a scarcity of research on the influence of virtuous leadership on organizational performance in Christian organizations. Therefore, this study developed a theory of virtuous leadership and its influence on organizational performance grounded in the perceptions of leaders of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Using classic grounded theory methodology, data was collected by interviewing eight leaders of the Adventist Church from the MENA region. The emergent theory of virtuous leadership revolves around the key role of spirituality (source) in enhancing the leader’s love (motive), character (spirit), and leadership style (method). As this kind of virtuous leadership increases, there will be a positive effect on the organization’s performance as leaders foster vision, a positive work environment, people, and growth. The article concludes with practical implications for Christian leaders and recommendations for those serving in the MENA region.
Lasu, Simon and Biaggi, Carlos Ernesto
"A Theory of Virtuous Leadership and Its Influence on Organizational Performance in Christian Organizations: A Classic Grounded Theory Study,"
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