Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

How Christian leaders become their best-self: A generic qualitative study
by Rinehart, Brenda L., Ph.D., Capella University, 2016, 181; 10105296
Abstract (Summary)

The literature supports that as leaders pursue personal and professional growth, they achieve a sense of well-being, become healthier, more engaged, and more productive. This study explores how Christian leaders who have a strong core spiritual identity experience growth toward their best-self. According to the literature, the best-self is a positive psychology approach to personal growth that utilizes a person’s natural strengths and skills to describe one’s personal best. Adult identity development is multifaceted and influenced by numerous factors. A spiritual identity built upon strong beliefs results in a salient identity that influences every part of one’s life. Utilizing a generic qualitative methodology and a snowball sampling strategy, eight participants were interviewed. Multiple consistent themes were identified in the data: (a) an integration of spiritual identity (b) enhanced self-awareness (c) saliency of spiritual identity, (c) roles and motivations defined by faith, (d) altruism, (e) role identity as a calling, (f) faith-based decision-making, (g) intrapersonal and interpersonal prayer, a personal relationship with God, (h) the need to be supported by like-minded individuals, (i) the alignment of organizational values and personal values, and (j) personal growth defined by God. One unexpected finding was the way the participants defined best-self. Based on their narratives, the participants viewed their best-self, including their talents and abilities, as being defined by God, stating that to become the person that God designed them to be would be achieving best-self. The significance of spirituality in the workplace was discovered through the participants’ experiences. This was also supported in the literature. These themes are presented and explored along with recommendations for future research.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Vogele-Welch, Deborah
Commitee: Fremont, Paula, Hinton, Patricia
School: Capella University
Department: Social and Behavioral Sciences
School Location: United States -- Minnesota
Source: DAI-B 77/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Psychology, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Best-self, Christian, Leadership, Positive psychology, Self-identity, Spirituality in the workplace
Publication Number: 10105296
ISBN: 978-1-339-68782-7
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