The "good" and the "bad" of spiritual leadership

Sukumarakurup Krishnakumar, Jeffery D. Houghton, Christopher Neck, Christopher N. Ellison

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This paper develops and presents a spiritual contingency model of spiritual leadership that includes spiritual leadership characteristics such as followers feelings of interconnectedness, religious or existential faith, and leader charisma along with such boundary conditions and contingencies (moderators) as narcissism, pro-social motivation to lead, follower perceptions of leader integrity (ethics), and perceived organizational support. In exploring these contingency factors, the paper also examines the potential "dark side" of spiritual leadership and concludes with implications for future research and managerial practice as suggested by the model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-37
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Management, Spirituality and Religion
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2015


  • Contingency model
  • Spiritual leadership
  • Workplace spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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