Pure leadership The pure leadership of Jesus Christ



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SUMMARY


Now that you have heard 27 different Christians explain their understanding of Jesus the Leader, it is time for you to make up your own mind. Does Jesus’ leadership have any relevance in our world today? Does His leadership have any meaning in your own life? Listen to one final thought from Dennis:

Some people I meet think I derive my leadership principles from an unusual place. My leadership principles come from a man who lived 2000 years ago—Jesus Christ. I have found that His principles not only work for my career, but also for my personal life, as well.

Marcia also has a few closing thoughts on why Jesus’ leadership is relevant in all of our lives:

Leadership is a topic that is important for every single human being living on this earth. We are all leaders, in one capacity or another. Each of us has a responsibility to lead others to Christ. Leaders are expected to know how to get the job done. In my opinion, who better to learn leadership from than Jesus Christ, the Son of God. We can learn how He lived, what He did, what He said—it all has significant. I once had a student tell me that Jesus’ leadership was nothing but ancient history. Well, I have news for the world. His leadership is as relevant today in this postmodern society as it was when He walked the face of the earth 2,000 years ago.

It was obvious that the people involved in this research project, as well as those that have written about His leadership, believe that Jesus Christ is the greatest leader in the history of the world. Briner and Pritchard (1997) began their book by describing His overwhelming accomplishments as a leader:

He lived on this earth for less than 40 years, leaving behind only a few hundred followers upon His return to heaven. He never wrote a book, taught a seminar, or created a detailed outlined for His disciples to follow….A few years after He departed, His movement had swelled to include thousands of new believers…Within five generations, the number of Christians reached into the millions….Two thousand years have passed since He was here, yet His followers today number more than one billion, with millions more joining every year. The organization He founded—the Church—has branches in every country on earth (pp. 1-2).

There is no doubt that this world needs leaders in every shape and size and color. Look around. People are desperately crying out for friendship, help, love, guidance, and direction. Marcia said it well. Each one of us has been called to guide others to Jesus. It is time to say “yes” to His directive: “Take care of My lambs and my sheep” (John 21:17). It is time to ask for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to empower us and boldly “go and tell people of all nations the good news and baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit” (Matt. 28:19). This is what leadership is all about—sharing with others what you have learned about Jesus. Quoting Anne’s closing words, “I am so thankful that God loved us enough to provide a way out for us. His Son…is pure, wonderful, and our forever leader.”

FUTURE RESEARCH


This research project has opened the floodgates of “wonderments” for me. There is so much more to learn about Jesus’ leadership and His impact in our lives. This study has both narrowed and broadened my interests in Christ’s leadership. Future research includes narrowing my focus to the field of educational leadership. I want to learn how educational leaders view Jesus as a leader, and identify the impact He has in their professional lives. I also want to study the differences and similarities between Christian and secular educational leaders in order to understand how Christ fits into the educational leadership arena.

Future research also includes broadening my focus to a more global understanding of the influence that Jesus’ leadership is having in the business world. I want to interview both Christian and secular leaders and study the differences and similarities in decision-making and management processes, both in their professional and personal lives.



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Footnotes

1 The names in my stories have been changed to provide confidentiality.

2 All Bible texts quoted are from The Clear Word expanded paraphrase unless otherwise noted.
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