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Doctoral Project Abstract

Trust: The Foundation for Effective Christian Leadership

Larry N. Chamberlain
Regent University

This study examines the strategic importance of trust in the leader-follower relationship in the context of Christian work. An opinion survey of seventy-five Christian leaders was conducted in which key building blocks of trust were identified, including integrity/character, communications, consistency, spiritual maturity, compassion/love, relationships, authenticity/transparency, competence, vision/goals, enablement/empowerment, and others. Destructive forces were also identified, along with ways that trust can be repaired in the leader-follower relationship. A review of the leadership literature on the subject of trust is provided, including sections on the definition of trust, the importance of trust, how to gain trust, how trust is diminished, and how trust can be restored.

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