Dordt College News

Hoekstra is First Monday speaker November 1

October 22, 2010

Dr. Erik Hoekstra, provost at Dordt College, will speak on the topic, “Leading as Serving—Not a Contradiction in Terms,” Monday, Nov. 1, at 11 a.m. in Dordt’s B.J. Haan Auditorium. This First Monday speaker presentation is open to the public.

Dr. Hoekstra has co-authored several publications on coaching, delegation, servant leadership, and change management, and his professional background includes roles in leadership development, executive coaching, organizational consulting, industrial construction, wholesale distribution and retail management, as well as teaching business courses at Dordt.

“Learning to lead as a Christian can be a dangerous and confusing business,” says Hoekstra. “What we’ve assumed all along about how best to lead and why we seek to lead can often move us away from following Christ.”

He notes that leading isn’t only for presidents and CEO’s, but that it is “about creating an environment where those who are being led are being served, whether that leading be in a family, among a group of friends, within a community, a business, or in government.”

Given that most people spend one-third to one-half of their waking hours working in organizations, he is passionate about bringing joy and meaning to places of work as an important opportunity for Christians and a significant responsibility of senior leaders.

Hoekstra holds a Bachelor Degree in history and philosophy from Trinity Christian College, a Master’s Degree in International Management from The Rotterdam School of Management of Erasmus University in the Netherlands, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Learning and Human Resource Development from Iowa State University. His research interests include corporate culture, servant leadership, and organizational effectiveness. He and his wife, Barb, have four children, including two international adopted children.

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