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Dissertation Abstract

An Examination of Leadership Principles in 1 Peter in Comparison to Authentic and Kenotic Models of Leadership Asbury to a Mimetic Christological Model

Steven S. Crowther
March 2012

This study examined three constructs for leadership—authentic leadership, kenotic leadership, and principles of leadership—from the Christian Scriptures in the pericope of 1 Peter. The study of authentic leadership as a contemporary theory of leadership was drawn from the leadership literature. However, the study of kenotic leadership and principles from 1 Peter was drawn from an exegetical examination of particular sections of Christian Scripture, as well as from the leadership literature. This exegetical process was developed in the light of sociorhetorical interpretation and was applied particularly to 1 Peter for a preliminary examination of leadership principles as found in this section of Christian Scriptures. In this research, ten principles of leadership were found from the text of 1 Peter and then compared to kenotic and authentic leadership. In this comparison, some profound similarities with authentic leadership were discovered, but there was enough dissimilarity to declare them different conceptual frameworks for leadership. In the analysis of kenotic leadership, there was one difference with principles of leadership as found in 1 Peter, but the evidence was that these two conceptual frameworks for leadership were profoundly similar and connected with each other. They were both drawn from the Christian Scriptures, sharing many attributes of leadership, including a call for a radical departure in the use of power, as well as issues of ontological change in the leader.