The men and women selected to complete the Haggai Leader Experience come from a variety of professions and fields – business, healthcare, academia, ministry, government and beyond. Aside from their commitment to the Gospel, they share another unique and invaluable trait: a demonstrated capacity for leadership. Whether in the classroom, the operating room, or the boardroom, they have a proven ability to inspire and empower others through the Gospel.
Haggai leader and international faculty member Joseph Tan of Malaysia knows firsthand how rare and transformative effective leadership can be. An engineer with a Master of Business Administration, Joseph spent the first decade of his career working for top tech companies like Motorola, IBM, and Hewlett Packard. Each of these roles showed him that even secular companies could benefit from leadership culture infused with the principles of the Gospel.
In 2002, Joseph founded Good Monday Consulting, where he coaches executives in the areas of culture building, accountability, and team engagement. The firm has developed training modules and executive coaching programs for internationally recognized organizations such as BMW, Panasonic, Sony, the Royal Bank of Scotland, the Malaysian Ministry of Health, and more.
Though most of this work is done in the marketplace, the principles informing Joseph’s approach are rooted in the Scriptures. A team-coaching module from Good Monday echoes the idea of unique gifts and their role in the Body as outlined in 1 Corinthians.
U.S. President John F. Kennedy famously said, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” Recently, Joseph and his wife and daughter moved from Malaysia to the United States so he could pursue a Master of Divinity.
“I took this step to answer God’s direction for me to be equipped biblically for ministry in the years ahead. The key to effective evangelism is to share the Gospel through the avenue of leadership development. My company will continue to be my platform for doing so. However, in the years ahead, I would like to be more involved in training church leaders and Christian business owners with a deeper emphasis on Scriptural truth and authority.”
From the United States, Joseph continues to work remotely with his consulting firm, and the COVID-19 pandemic has created a unique environment of spiritual openness with his clients.
“My mission field is the marketplace where I minister via my executive coaching relationships with business owners, managers, and executives. The Covid-19 pandemic has opened up opportunities to discuss deeper issues and, in the face of death, people do press the “pause” button and reflect on the direction and purpose of their lives.”