Leadership Theory

LMOL 601
Professor L Gomez

Leadership History
Gabriel J Johannes

Regent University
School of Global Leadership & Entrepreneurship

Leadership History
The Elephant leaders can’t ignore: Globalization.

A somewhat tongue-in-the –cheek definition of globalization on the Internet goes like this:
Question: What is globalization?
Answer: Princess Diana's death

Question: How come?


An English princess with an
Egyptian boyfriend crashes in a
French tunnel, driving a
German car with a
Dutch engine, driven by a
Belgian who was high on
Scottish whiskey, followed closely by
Italian Paparazzi, on
Japanese motorcycles, treated by an
American doctor, using
Brazilian medicines!
And this is sent to you by a
Canadian, using
Bill Gates' technology which he got from the

Although tongue in the cheek, the definition does well to illustrate the fact that the phenomenon of globalization influences the world in which we live and the events that shape it in a profound manner.   Globalization, or what Friedman calls the “flattening” of the world (2008,29), has an effect on even the most mundane things people do like what they eat, buy and value. According to Stackhouse (2007, 1) “there is no greater public issue before humankind than the fact that a wider public is being created by the complex dynamics of globalization that are essentially social and ethical as these are driven by or legitimated by the often unintended implications of religious convictions, particularly those of Christianity.” He defines globalization as “a worldwide set of social, political, cultural, technological and ethical dynamics, influenced and legitimated by certain theological, ethical and ideological motifs, that are creating a worldwide civil society that stands beyond the capacity of any nation-state to control”(Stackhouse, 2007, 8)

Sweet (2004, 12) states that leaders are neither born or made but summoned-they are called into...