Servant-Leadership and Forgiveness

How Leaders Help Heal the Heart of the World

Edited by Jiying Song, Dung Q. Tran, Shann Ray Ferch, and Larry C. Spears

Subjects: Leadership Studies, Business Administration, Management, Communication, Psychology
Paperback : 9781438479224, 442 pages, January 2021
Hardcover : 9781438479217, 442 pages, August 2020

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Table of contents

Foreword: The World of Servant-Leadership
Larry C. Spears

Preface: The Forgiveness Ethos of Servant-Leadership
Jiying Song and Shann Ray Ferch

Introduction: Love and Forgiveness: The Cornerstones of Servant-Leadership and Social Justice
Dung Q. Tran

Part I: Servant-Leadership, Forgiveness, and World Context

1. Awareness, Healing, and Forgiveness: Servant-Leaders Help Heal the Heart of the World
Jiying Song

2. Servant-Leadership and Unconditional Forgiveness: The Lives of Six South African Perpetrators
Marleen Ramsey

3. Enlightened Leadership in a Changing, Troubled World
George Patrick Murphy

4. Justice and Forgiveness: Self-Responsibility and Human Dignity in the Midst of Conflict
Rakiya Farah

5. Servant-Leadership Applied to Balance World Inequalities and Enhance Global Forgiveness and Restoration
Christian B. Cabezas

Part II: Servant-Leadership, Forgiveness, and Social Issues

6. Servant-Leadership, Forgiveness, and Social Justice
Shann Ray Ferch

7. Forgiveness and Reconciliation as an Organizational Leadership Competency within Transitional Justice Instruments
Andrew Campbell

8. Living Justice and Forgiveness in an Organization during a Religious Crisis: A Proposition
Maduabuchi Leo Muoneme

9. Toward a Servant-Led Response Rooted in Forgiveness and Restorative Justice in the Catholic Clergy Sexual Abuse Scandal and Cover-Up
Dung Q. Tran

10. Fascism and Forgiveness
Eleni Prillaman

11. Amazing Grace: Seeking Grace and Forgiveness in Law Enforcement
Lena Pace

12. Forgiveness: A Humble Path to Servant-Leadership for Police
Mark Whitson

Part III: Servant-Leadership, Forgiveness, and Family

13. Servant-Leadership, Forgiveness, and Unlimited Liability: Fathers and Sons
Keith Allan

14. Servant-Leadership and Forgiveness Asking: Two Personal Narratives and a Discussion
Maduabuchi Leo Muoneme

15. Justice and Forgiveness in the Family
John R.

Part IV: Servant-Leadership, Forgiveness, and Personal Applications

16. The Image of God, Servant-Leadership, and Forgiveness
Karen Petersen Finch

17. Servant-Leadership, Regenerative Love, and Forgiveness
Harris W. Fawell

18. Finding the Way Home: The Emergence of a Servant-Leader through the Power of Forgiveness
Mark T. McCord

19. The Bull, the China Shop, and Forgiveness
Maryalice Giroux Viljoen

Part V: Servant-Leadership, Forgiveness, and Continuing Research Development

20. Development of a Leadership Forgiveness Measure
Annelies van Poelgeest and Dirk van Dierendonck

21. The Principles of Servant-Leadership = The Principles of Forgiveness
Paul Nakai

About the Editors
List of Contributors

A compelling gathering of perspectives on the intersection of servant-leadership and forgiveness.


In a world where leaders and organizations face conflicts and complexity at an alarming rate, where human cruelty sometimes dominates kindness in individuals and families, and where nations hover in the shadow of moral and financial collapse, how do we find courage to forge a strong and enduring path into the future? In a fresh and profound approach to the personal, organizational, and global dynamic, discerning leaders consider the role of leadership and forgiveness in the midst of political and social upheaval. The epicenter of Servant-Leadership and Forgiveness speaks to leadership, the heart of the leader, and the power of forgiveness. It is a compilation of insightful, life-transformative, and significant essays on the nexus of servant-leadership and forgiveness in everyday life, the organizational world, and international contexts. The hope of the book is that people of all ages and creeds will engage in a deeper conversation around forgiveness and leadership, specifically servant-leadership, and reach greater personal and collective responsibility for leadership that helps heal the heart of the world through forgiveness.

Jiying Song is Assistant Professor of Business Management at Northwestern College. Dung Q. Tran is Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership at Gonzaga University. Shann Ray Ferch is Professor of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University. Larry C. Spears is a servant-leadership scholar at Gonzaga University and President of the Spears Center for Servant-Leadership. Together, Ferch and Spears coedited (with Mary McFarland and Michael R. Carey) Conversations on Servant-Leadership: Insights on Human Courage in Life and Work, also published by SUNY Press.


"The book takes readers from a domestic/United States foundation of research on servant-leadership and connects that understanding to applications and research being conducted in the rest of the world, especially China and South Africa." — Jason Feltz, McMurry University