The Ancient Greek word hodos means “the way” or  “the journey” and by implication, “the progress”. Metaphorically, it expresses the idea of “a way of thinking” and/or “a course (manner) of conduct”.

Hodos Institute was established in 2013 to cause positive social change through the promotion of ethical and effective leadership. We serve churches, businesses, education, and non-profit organizations by motivating and enabling them to achieve excellence in leadership.


Hodos Institute partners with organizations to develop spiritual, ethical, and effective leadership through research, publications, training, and consulting.


Hodos Institute aspires to see a world where individuals and communities practice spiritual, ethical, and effective leadership.


We see ourselves as an organization engaged in applied cross-cultural leadership research and development across different sectors of society. In our research-based training, we are concerned with personal and organizational leadership. We advance spiritual, ethical, and effective leadership where leaders and followers share common values and goals.


We live in a world where organizations and communities often do not embrace and embody the concepts of good leadership. We envision a future where more people are practicing spiritual, ethical, and effective leadership. Through our research, publications, training, and consulting, we affect the mindset of leadership and co-create the models of leadership, where people connect effective, ethical, and spiritual values to their behavior. We foster the maturity of leadership that is concerned with ‘being’ beyond merely ‘doing’.


We are guided by the following values: client-focused, innovation, teamwork, integrity, humility, partnership, honesty, and excellence. Our expertise in leadership is research-based and cross-cultural; we focus our work on the U.S. and Ukraine. We develop leadership across generations, but are especially interested in having a positive impact on the younger generation. Christian spirituality, along with sound leadership theories and practices, form the foundation of our values. As we understand it, Christian spirituality encourages us to equip people from diverse backgrounds



Allyn Beekman | Chair
Dr. Rich Gathro | Vice-Chair
Mike Anderson | Treasurer
Julie Peterson | Secretary
Dr. Dick Daniels
Kenneth Jacobs
Dr. Anna Krull
Dr. Patrick Mays
Dr. Alexander Negrov (ex-officio)
Viktor Prozapas
Dr. Timothy Watson


Dr. Robert C. Andringa
Dr. Mark R. Elliott
Dr. Louis W. (Jody) Fry
Dr. Roger Gill
Rev. Russell Korets
Dr. Jean Lipman-Blumen
Dr. Ronald E. Riggio
Dr. Roman M. Sheremeta
Dr. Matthew Schmidt
Dr. Myron S. Steeves
Dr. Jan G. Van der Watt


Hodos Institute operates out of the State of Washington, in the U.S. Our main efforts are directed to serve Ukraine; we conduct research, offer training, consulting, and provide humanitarian aid. We are establishing the Ukrainian Leadership Center.


Born in Ukraine, Dr. Alexander Negrov now lives in Washington State in the USA. He holds a bachelor’s, masters’ and a PhD degree in theology, having studied at universities and seminaries in Russia, Canada, and South Africa as well as studying leadership at Durham University in the UK. He also completed the advanced certificate programs from the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and the University of Oxford Saïd Business School. Alexander has published numerous books and academic articles. He has extensive leadership and management experience in education, consultancy and teaching. Alexander married to Zena since 1987. They have three grown children and six grandchildren.