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Initial Discussion Post is 300 words and responses are each 200 words. Please use scholarly resources for all posts.

Discussion Board Response 1: A worldview is “a set of assumptions, held consciously and unconsciously, about the basic makeup of the world and how the world works” (Miller, 2001, p. 15). A worldview is formed through a person’s culture, religion, values, morals, and family and shapes how someone views the world around them. Everyone has a worldview, but not everyone has a biblical worldview. This is where Christians can be so powerful in a secular organization. A biblical worldview differs from others’ worldviews because it is tested against scripture to determine if it is creditable and in line with the Bible (Schultz & Swezey, 2013). Wilson (1999) defines a biblical worldview as “the framework of assumptions about reality, all of which are in submission to Christ” (p. 130).

Christian leaders must understand and define their biblical worldview and its place in the workforce. As Christian leaders, having a biblical worldview does not have to be verbally stated, but the leader’s actions should be set apart from others’ worldviews. Our actions, thoughts, and deeds reflect Christ’s characteristics and should set us apart in our organization. We led by example, and hopefully, people will take notice that something is different.

Sire (2004) made a great observation when he wrote that the orientation of the heart is essential to a worldview and shows the truth of someone’s worldview. The orientation of my heart as a leader will show how I think, make decisions, and interact with the members throughout the strategy development process. The basis of truth is scripture, so all organizational decisions and evaluations can be made through the lens of eternity. Through my actions, my biblical worldview integrates into the strategy development process.

References

Miller, D. L. (2001). Discipling nations: The power of truth to transform cultures, 2d ed. Lynnwood, WA: Emerald Books. ISBN: 1576582485

Schultz, K. G., & Swezey, J. A. (2013). A three-dimensional concept of worldview.

Journal of Research on Christian Education, 22

(3), 227 – 243.

https://doi.org/10.1080/10656219.2013.850612

Sire, J. W. (2004). Naming the elephant: Worldview as a concept. Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Wilson, D. (1999). The paideia of God and other essays on education. Moscow, ID: Canon Press.

Discussion Board Response 2: It is critical to understand worldviews to consistently succeed in strategic decision-making (Salagodo, 2011). Worldview determines whether a community or nation flourishes or perishes (Miller, 2018). A Christian worldview is simply one that resides in biblical principles, laced with ethical behavior. The Christian views of strategy always begin with a series of thought provoking questions.

A strategy development process is a vision of the future. Effective visions help the organization achieve bold changes (Daft, 2011). If one chooses to merely copycat, that is far from leadership; better yet, it tandems to being a follower. If ever there was a time to define astute leadership, it is now. As Christians, we must neither adapt to our surrounding culture nor merely use our worldview as a tool to critique culture (Miller, 2018).

It is helpful for leaders to integrate their worldviews in the strategic process. Successful leaders recognize that culture is a core element in helping the organization meet strategic goals and attain the vision (Daft, 2011). Infusing one’s worldview can be implemented by simply modeling what is expected. Christians aspire to be like Jesus; model the one you aspire to be like and follow his ethical teachings. A non-believer may be ethical yet lack the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Lastly, organizations are plagued by unethical behavior that affects strategic planning at break necking speed. The ethics of leadership rest upon three pillars: the moral character of the leader, the ethical legitimacy of the values embedded in the leader’s vision, articulation, and programs that followers either embrace or reject and the morality of the processes of social, ethical choices and action that leaders and followers engage in and collectively pursue (Bass & Steidlmeir, 1999). Astute leaders must normalize what is possible.

References:

Bass, B. & Steidlmeir, P. (1999). Ethics, character, and authentic transformational leadership

behavior.

Leadership Quarterly.

10(2). 181-217.

Daft, R. (2011). The Leadership Experience. Retrieved from

https://learn-us-east-1-prod-fleet02-

Miller, D. (2018). Discipling nations: The power of truth to transform cultures. 3

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ed. YWAM.

Seattle, WA

Initial Discussion Post

Discuss the importance of assuring that strategy development processes are based on a distinctly Christian worldview. You also should discuss why it is important for the astute leader to integrate his/her worldview into the process. How is that accomplished when working in a secular organization? Remember that you can and should integrate your organizational leadership understandings as you advance your knowledge. Therefore, integrate and research as necessary to interact with good ideas.

References:

Bass, Bernard. M., and Paul Steidlmeier. 1999. Ethics, character, and authentic transformational leadership behavior. Leadership Quarterly, 10, no: 2: 181-217. (37 pages)

Daft. The leadership experience. (Chapter: 14) – Download here:

EB_Daft_cl15_LeadExp6wm.pdf

EB_Daft_cl15_LeadExp6wm.pdf – Alternative Formats

McGrath. The future of Christianity. (Chapters: 1,2,3,4,5,6)

Bekker: Finding the Other in Southern African Business Leadership(downloadable article):

http://www.regent.edu/acad/global/publications/rgbr/vol2iss1/2008 April_Ubuntu-Kenosis_Bekker.pdf

  
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