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The Art of Virtue-Based Transformational Leadership: Building Strong Businesses, Organizations and Families
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The Art of Virtue-Based Transformational Leadership: Building Strong Businesses, Organizations and Families

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Wordsmith 2014

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Gathering Interest


Twenty-first century organizations, from corporations to families, require leadership based on values mutually held by visionaries and followers. This book captures the essence of transformational leadership in a comprehensive model—the 4-R Model of Transformational Leadership—which structures our thinking and inspires us to lead from the heart of character. Business leaders, non-profit leaders, church leaders, and parents will find this book accessible and immediately applicable to their leadership challenges and opportunities. Even those who don’t have a formal leadership role will be encouraged to influence their world through everyday actions.

In the Logos edition, this volume is enhanced by amazing functionality. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

For more resources on leadership, check out The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership That Matters.

Key Features

  • Offers a practical framework for a global business leadership education curriculum
  • Illustrates stories of real-life leaders from antiquity to the present day
  • Navigates today’s most difficult leadership challenges


  • Leadership—What Does It Look Like?
  • The 4-R Model of Transformational Leadership
  • Relationships of a Transformational Leader
  • Roles of a Transformational Leader
  • Responsibilities of a Transformational Leader
  • Results of a Transformational Leader
  • Virtue and Today’s Leader

Praise for the Print Edition

The 4-R Model changed my life and leadership. It’s a user-friendly diagnostic tool that readily gets you on the solution side of problems. It’s a leadership compass that helps you know where to go and how to get there. I use it every day in my personal life and corporate community. It transforms how you lead and the lives you influence.

—Joel Johnson, senior pastor of Westwood Community Church

If you need to build a culture that both matters and has staying power, read this book! Jim and Mark have captured the essence of how being a transformational leader is today’s best way forward using relevant lessons from our past. It is inspiring and timely reading for enlightened leaders.

—Joe Marzano, president and CEO, Martius Group, LLC

In my experience as a business leader and adjunct professor I have personally found the 4-R Model of Transformational Leadership to be an effective theoretical and developmental framework that is as practical as it is powerful. These two authors use wonderful examples of ancient and modern leadership to make the model come alive for today’s aspiring leaders.

—James B. Green, former CEO, Kemps

Product Details

  • Title: The Art of Virtue-Based Transformational Leadership: Building Strong Businesses, Organizations and Families
  • Authors: Mark McCloskey, Jim Louwsma, and Dave Aeilts
  • Publisher: The Wordsmith
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 143
  • Resource Type: Topical
  • Topic: Leadership

About the Authors

Mark McCloskey is a graduate of Miami University and Bethel Seminary in Minnesota. He earned his PhD at the University of South Florida in the College of Education, Department of Leadership Development. He is presently lead faculty for the Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership and professor of ministry leadership. McCloskey consults with businesses, churches, and non-profit organizations in the areas of leadership development, strategic planning, and team building.

Jim Louwsma started his collegiate career at the University of Michigan and graduated from Wheaton College with a BA. He earned an MBA from the University of Utah and began a sales and marketing career with Procter and Gamble, retiring in 2004 after 28 years. In retirement he started a leadership consulting company with Mark McCloskey. He also teaches transformational leadership in Bethel Seminary’s MBA program. In addition, he is a cofounder and board chairman of Africaworks, a non-profit organization in southern Africa that creates sustainable jobs for the economically disadvantaged.

Dave Aeilts is an author and blogger, as well as a publisher at The Wordsmith.

Sample Pages from the Print Edition