Leadership can be thought of as a capacity to define oneself to others in a way that clarifies and expands a vision of the future.

                                                                  — Edwin H. Friedman

— General H. Norman Schwarzkopf



Featured Articles:


An Integrated Ethics Approach to Christian Leadership

  Kelly Monahan

With so many scandals among business and governmental leadership rocking making the headlines, it is time to take a look at the roots of ethical leadership from a variety of sources. Infusing a spiritual approach to some of the leading contemporary ethical theories, Kelly provides a unique diagram to illustrate how Christian leaders should strive to use scriptural literacy to influence internal motives and values as well as external behaviors. Read more of Kelly’s article to learn about her thoughts in your sphere of influence.


Climbing Safely to the Top

  James A. Nortz

Guest author Jim Nortz gives some practical business advice to avoid situations that are troublesome to companies. Comparing his advice to a rock climbing incident, he lays the groundwork to carefully survey your route, check your safety equipment, and to stay calm no matter what happens. Read more to see how Jim’s sound advice can benefit you in your situation.

The Leading Edge is an online journal published by Roberts Wesleyan College’s Master of Science in Strategic Leadership program to encourage ethical and effective leadership in today’s organizations. Our focus is to enhance the leadership skills and perspectives of scholar-practitioners in our increasingly global community.

Photo courtesy of Justin Leavitt,

past RWC art student.

Volume 4, No. 2, October 2011
From the Editor

For me, this is my favorite time of year: the colorful fall foliage against striking blue skies, the cooler weather, the return of more rigid schedules and routines, and beginning to anticipate the holidays. However, this is also the time of year when our communities are consistently blasted with political ads, phone calls, and commercials. That pretty much spoils it for me. Year after year I pay attention to those whose viewpoints, values, and past history are what I look for in leadership—be it on a local, statewide, or national level. Many times, however, I become discouraged because all too often candidates do not uphold their end of the bargain.

It is a natural instinct for us to hope that each new candidate we hear about will bring changes that will positively affect us in various ways. All too often, though, we are let down one way or another—dishonesty, scandal, and corruption reveal themselves even to the least likely. (I am also reminded that we are all human!)

In this issue, I encourage you to read these articles in an attempt to overcome what could turn out badly within your circles of influence. Incorporate the wisdom these authors have written about and surround yourself with the insight you need to rise above the crowd.

Yours in continual learning,

Sarah George, M.S.M. 27 ‘04