Leadership by Grace in the Digital Age

Yu Sing Ong

2(3), Jul-Aug-Sep

Abstract
This paper discusses leadership by grace in the digital age. It is a philosophical approach that covers grace, compassion, ethics, empowerment, and trust. The basis for this paper is found within the theological, philosophical, psychological, and managerial fields. The author proposes three theoretical lenses, organizational management, religious, and philosophical hybridism to conceptualize the grace leadership model that addresses the deterioration in ethical business behavior which gives rise to fraud, corruption, and loss of integrity. This exploratory study uses both interpretative phenomenological and hermeneutics approaches to interpret and understand the divine and classical texts of I Ching, Confucian Analects, Sutras, Quran, Bhagavad Gita and Bible. It does not claim or intend to be a philosophical paper on phenomenology and hermeneutics. However, it does raise for discussion the idea that qualitative inquiries in management and leadership contexts can be enriched through linkages to the study of interpretative phenomenology and hermeneutics. The significance of this paper lies in the potential for developing a theoretical framework in humanistic leadership. This paper concludes that the deciding factor for an organization’s success in the digital era will be its ability to evolve its corporate culture to not only take advantage of emerging technologies but also to embrace the principle of humanism in the workplace.
Keywords: Grace leadership, Digital, I Ching, Islam, Confucian, Buddhism, Hinduism, Christianity

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