Author Interview: Joseph W. Handley, Jr. 

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Polycentric Mission Leadership: Toward a New Theoretical Model for Global Leadership*

By Joseph W. Handley, Jr.   

Fortress Press, 2023  

191 ebook pages 

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This book’s goal is “to find a better approach to leadership in a world where everything—from supply chains to political conflict to the church—is global” (page 22). With this goal in mind, the author proposes what he calls the Polycentric Mission Leadership model, which has six key themes that characterize strong leadership: collaborative; communal; diverse; entrepreneurial freedom; relational; and charismatic. The assessment of this polycentric model is conducted primarily in the context of the Lausanne Movement through qualitative interviews with key leaders. Using various resources and findings about polycentric leadership, the book argues that this model of leadership may provide a fresh approach that leads to creative solutions in the world of mission today. 

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