Original Research - Special Collection: Sustainable leadership in times of uncertainty

A Christian ethical analysis of the importance of prophetic leadership for sustainable leadership

Louise Kretzschmar
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 44, No 1 | a2685 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v44i1.2685 | © 2023 Louise Kretzschmar | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 August 2022 | Published: 27 February 2023

About the author(s)

Louise Kretzschmar, Department Philosophy, Practical and Systematic Theology, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa


In this article, firstly, prophetic leadership is defined and some of its key features are outlined. Secondly, the contribution made by prophetic leadership to sustainable leadership is investigated, using examples from historical and contemporary societies and organisations. The role of truth-tellers and whistleblowers is also discussed. Thirdly, the importance of utilising and nurturing prophetic leadership in church and theological education settings is discussed.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: In its analysis of prophetic and sustainable leadership in historical and contemporary settings, this article draws primarily on the theological discipline of Christian Ethics and, secondarily, on biblical studies and Leadership and Management Sciences.


prophetic leadership; sustainable leadership; truth-telling; justice; integrity; whistleblowers; organisational ethics.


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