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Doctoral Project Abstract

The Leadership Family Model: Multiplying Leadership Families through Mentoring and Coaching

Ulf Hansson Von Spears

The traditional family is on the verge of extinction. It is evaporating right before our eyes through rising divorce rates, wayward children, and fast-paced lives. In answer to this crisis, successful model families must come alongside other families to empower and teach leadership principles, values, vision, and strategies. These successful model families are also known as leadership families. Leadership families are flagships, pacesetters, and role models because of their character, skill, passion, and ability to mentor and coach other families. Leadership families are prototypes for other families through motivating and empowering them to overcome barriers and set long-term goals. Leadership families come from different ethnic, economic, political, and occupational backgrounds, serving as an example in behavioral, spiritual, and social roles for other families to imitate.

In scripture, God molded Adam from the earth and fashioned Eve from a rib in his side and set the pattern for all families (Gen 2:1-24). The twenty-first-century nuclear family (defined as one man and one woman married with at least one child) is in need of an upgrade, and the leadership family model is the answer to this problem. Unless leadership families begin to empower, inspire, and motivate other families to embody, implement, and impart leadership principles, the nuclear family as we know it will be an institution of the past.

The purpose of this book is to introduce the leadership family model as a key coaching and mentoring tool for the multiplication of healthy, strong families in the twenty-first century. The leadership family model is a new way to look at coaching and mentoring families and, thus, lays a solid foundation for future research. The book explains the leadership family model as a four-step process:

  1. Individual male and female leadership
  2. Leadership couples
  3. Leadership families
  4. Mentor/coach other leadership families.

In addition, the book focuses on the third and fourth components of the leadership family model-leadership families, mentoring/coaching leadership families-by defining, explaining, and suggesting ways to coach and mentor other families locally and globally. The research tools used in this book include academic journals, popular press articles, online questionnaires, interviews, manuals, textbooks, and life experience. The research conducted in the book provides evidence leadership families do exist, and that the leadership family model should be considered as a viable tool for multiplying healthy, strong families in the twenty-first century. The conclusion drawn from this book is that families need a roadmap to health, strength, and growth. The leadership family model provides that roadmap.

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