Leadership Lessons of Jesus Christ

4625 Words Dec 24th, 2012 19 Pages
Greg Meholick
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The Leadership Lessons of Jesus Christ

When we talk about Jesus as a leader, we may imply two different forms: Jesus as the only Son of God, God of the universe, or the risen Christ as being one with God; or Jesus as the 1st century flesh and blood human being, the historical figure. Since the purpose of studying leadership is to improve one's own leadership skills, it makes sense to analyze Jesus' applicable traits, actions, and accomplishments as a good leader—in his historical role—so his leadership skills can be feasibly related to ourselves as human beings. I will attempt to analyze, using modern leadership criteria, how Jesus of Nazareth, the Jew and carpenter's son, was an effective
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22:37, 39). In wishing that all mankind would learn to faithfully love and obey God, Jesus exemplified that ideal in his own actions and communications with people he met. He taught love, and he himself loved. James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner write, “There is absolutely no way you can, over the long term, convince others to share a dream if you are not convinced of it yourself” (To Lead or Not to Lead, Unit Two 24). Jesus constantly reminded his followers to remain faithful to God. He often said, “Oh you of little faith,” to those who doubted him (Matt. 6:30, 8:26). Through his lessons about love, acts of compassion, and servantship, Jesus was the perfect model of the spiritual life he was trying to instill in his followers; he exemplified a life that appealed to others. Jesus' integrity also contributed in the articulation of his spiritual-specific vision. Because he preached about morals, values, life goals, spiritual perfection, fulfillment and growth of the soul, etc., the content in Jesus' teachings and particular vision essentially required him to be highly composed in regards to his own veracity. Cronin associates this idea with integrity: “A leader's integrity requires also that he or she not be captured by peer pressure, protocol, mindless traditions or conventional rules” (39). Cronin believes that integrity is crucial in the makings of an effective leader; a leader with integrity is honorable,

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