The study of leadership is awash with numerous concepts, many of which overlap. To the student and the scholar, finding a starting point and integrative theme for leadership ideas which extend from interpersonal to organizational contexts can be dizzying. This paper proposes the idea of covenant as a unifying metaphor for these valuable and often overlapping leadership ideas. The covenantal approach has had a tremendous impact on the history of Western legal and perhaps, more importantly, social and cultural thought and therefore might offer us a realistic and practical approach to effective leadership. In particular, we will see that a covenantal model emphasizes the following: 1) An ethos of empowerment, mutual care, and mutual accountability; 2) A leadership style of servant leadership; 3) A process of participative decision-making; 4) A structure of non-centralization; and 5) A culture of spirituality in the workplace.

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