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Leading in a VUCA World

Integrating Leadership, Discernment and Spirituality

Editors: Kok, Jacobus, Van den Heuvel, Steven (Eds.)

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  • Presents a unique integration of spirituality with discernment, in the context of leadership
  • Offers positive-critical perspectives on the current VUCA environment
  • Displays a fruitful interaction between theoretical perspectives and practice from inter-and transdisciplinary scholars
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This open access book brings together works by specialists from different disciplines and continents to reflect on the nexus between leadership, spirituality and discernment, particularly with regard to a world that is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA). The book spells out, first of all, what our VUCA world entails, and how it affects businesses, organizations, and societies as a whole. Secondly, the book develops new perspectives on the processes of leadership, spirituality, and discernment, particularly in this VUCA context. These perspectives are interdisciplinary in nature, and are informed by e.g. management studies, leadership theory, philosophy, and theology.

About the authors

Prof. Dr. Jacobus (Kobus) Kok is Full Professor and Head of Department New Testament Studies at the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven, Belgium. He is also a Senior Research Associate and NRF Y1 rated scholar at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Dr. Steven C. van den Heuvel is Postdoctoral Researcher in Systematic Theology at the Evangelische Theologische Faculteit, Leuven (Belgium) and Senior Researcher at the Institute of Leadership and Social Ethics. He is also an Extraordinary Researcher in the Unit for Reformed Theology and Development of the S.A. Society at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University, South Africa.


“Few would dispute Editors Jacobus (Kobus) Kok and Steven van den Heuvel’s first sentence that “we live in a particularly revolutionary time.” This in and of itself begs the question of whether our current leadership models are up for this task and, if not, what fundamental quality is missing that leaders must embrace for them, their organizations, and the planet to flourish. Although spiritual leadership has emerged as a field of scholarly inquiry within the last twenty years, missing is investigation of the role discernment may play in enabling leaders to draw on deeper levels of consciousness for the peace and serenity needed to be the eye in the VUCA hurricane. I view this work as the beginning of what I’m sure will be a long and winding pilgrimage of inner discovery for leaders willing to embrace the journey.” (Prof. Dr. Louis W. (Jody) Fry, Texas A&M University, USA)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • The Metanarraphors We Lead and Mediate by: Insights from Cognitive Metaphor Theory in the Context of Mediation in a VUCA World

    Pages 1-26

    (Kobus) Kok, Jacobus (et al.)

  • The Quest to Lead (with) Millennials in a VUCA-World: Bridging the Gap Between Generations

    Pages 27-41

    Kornelsen, Johann

  • Personal Leadership as Form of Spirituality

    Pages 43-57

    Saane, Joke

  • Leading Organisations in Turbulent Times: Towards a Different Mental Model

    Pages 59-75

    Jordaan, Barney

  • Spirituality and Leadership in a South African Context

    Pages 77-90

    Makka, Anoosha

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Book Title
Leading in a VUCA World
Book Subtitle
Integrating Leadership, Discernment and Spirituality
  • Jacobus Kok
  • Steven Van den Heuvel
Series Title
Contributions to Management Science
Springer International Publishing
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The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
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Number of Pages
XVI, 209
Number of Illustrations
2 illustrations in colour