Source: Paper accepted for publication with the International Journal of Servant Leadership, July 2017.
Emerging research within organizational leadership and transitional justice disciplines are recognizing the role of forgiveness and reconciliation as a critical competence both for transitional justice instruments practitioners and organizational leaders. The author argues that incorporating forgiveness and reconciliation is neglected and requires a theoretical paradigm shift within the discipline of organizational leadership and transitional justice fields. The aim of this article is to introduce forgiveness and reconciliation as an individual leadership competency within organizations that execute transitional justice and peacebuilding systems. This paper presents a definition and conceptual understanding of forgiveness and reconciliation within transitional justice and leadership disciplines. Second addresses forgiveness and reconciliation as an organizational leadership competence for practitioners within a transitional justice context. Next, identifies critical themes that world religions play in facilitating forgiveness and reconciliation within peacebuilding activities. Finally, conceptually develops a theoretical foundation upon which servant leaders create an organizational climate for individual, organizational, and social change through forgiveness and reconciliation within peacebuilding organizations.