2 Peter 1:5 “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge.”
“Diligence is the mother of good luck.” Benjamin Franklin
Transforming our Work into Worship: Diligence as an Organizational and Leadership Virtue
This paper presents a brief review of the theological and ethical understanding of praxis of diligence. It further proposes a three-fold ethical perspective on the implications of the virtue of leadership in organizational leadership: (a) the diligent leader learns to value the organization and its followers; (b) the diligent leader constructs organizations of care and joy; and (c) the diligent leader defines the redemptive nature of work for the organization and its followers.
Corné J. Bekker, D. Litt. et Phil
Dr. Bekker joined Regent University in 2005. He previously served as the associate dean for academics of Rhema Bible College in Johannesburg, South Africa and now as an associate professor for the School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship. Dr. Bekker teaches in the doctoral programs of the School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship and is actively involved in research on the use of Biblical hermeneutics and spirituality to explore leadership. He is the editor of the Journal of Biblical Perspectives in Leadership (JBPL) and the co-editor of Inner Resources for Leaders (IRL). Dr. Bekker is an ordained minister and has traveled in Africa, Europe, the East and North America to present at churches, ministries, seminars and academic conferences on the subject of Christian spirituality and leadership formation. He has been an invited speaker to universities, seminaries and Bible colleges in the U.S. and abroad. He served in South Africa on the board of the South African Council for Theological Education, was nominated to the Standards Generating Body for Theology and Ministry of the South African Qualifications Authority and served on the Consultative Forum of the South African Council of Churches. Dr. Bekker also serves as the director for the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) of Regent University and was the 2010 recipient of the Chancellor’s Award. He resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia with his wife and son.