Cultural Influencer: Rev. Dr. Timothy Ewest

Rev. Dr. Timothy Ewest, Associate Professor of Management, Prince-Chavanne Chair in Christian Business Ethics, and Chair of the Department of Management, Marketing and Business at Houston Christian University, has recently published the article, “Triadic leadership the emergence of a new leadership agenda” in Administrative Issues Journal, Vol. 13, Issue 2, 2023.

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Dr. Ewest’s article discusses the struggle for establishing a global common civil ground which is problematic considering the ever-present and increasing global unrest within various global communities and their corresponding ever-widening negative social impacts. He argues that the lack of social capital from the social divisions and unrest within national and global communities is not conducive to creating individual agents who are acting autonomously with solemn regard for only their own interests. The article explores how leadership needs to be reconceptualized because of its problematic neglect of intrapersonal values, which is the basic means to understanding real ethical intent. For leadership to build, social equity must be centered on prosocial values, understanding group behavior and the developmental process and growth of leaders and the groups they lead.

Finally, the paper resolves by outlining Dr. Ewest’s established work on the prosocial leadership development process as one example of this new leadership paradigm. And, suggests, presently, that there are no commonly prosocial held beliefs, aside from religious beliefs, with enough veracity that its adoption would result in the preservation and flourishing of the human species. Moreover, this may be an attestation to the reality that the present solutions which would correct social incivilities and environmental disasters have gone unwarranted because leaders are looking through the wrong worldview. And, if a solution were to present itself as being globally patent and effective, the question remains, would the general consensus on the solution be enough to mobilize humanity to implement it in an efficacious way?