Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership
Have you ever thought of Jesus as the perfect leader? Well, Laurie Beth Jones has. So, it isn’t at all surprising that her book is called “Jesus CEO.”
And, well, it’s enlightening in more than one way.
About Laurie Beth Jones
Laurie Beth Jones is a bestselling author and motivational coach. She writes about business from a spiritual perspective. Many of her books see Jesus’ ways as the archetypal ones: “Jesus Life-Coach,” “Jesus Entrepreneur” and “Jesus in Blue Jeans.” She has also written “The Path” and “The Four Elements of Success.”
“Jesus CEO Summary”
Well, look at that:
And Laurie Beth Jones has discovered a new field where they excelled: leadership. All levels of it.
And when we say “they” In the context of Laure Beth Jones’ name, we usually mean Him with a capital “H.” Yes, that’s right: the Man himself, the Son of God, Jesus Christ!
It’s not the first time respected leadership authors have used his words and deeds to talk about leadership techniques. However, it is the first time someone has imagined him as the perfect leader.
But, don’t be surprised: after all, he was the Perfect Everything, so why wouldn’t he be the paragon of the Ultimate Leader as well!
And when you read Laurie Beth Jones’ books, the only thing you ask yourself is how has no one thought about this before! He was a transformative influence; and he was intelligent, balanced, original, and beloved by his followers. As for visionary – well, probably everyone would agree that you can’t get any more visionary than him!
(Quick note: doesn’t this mean that we should have featured “The New Testament” among our top leadership books? Who would have seen that coming? We have to admit: now, it makes a lot of sense…).
Well, because, as “Jesus CEO” explains, Jesus Christ practiced a balanced leadership method, I.e., the best kind. But, before we get to it – let’s look at the other two.
The first one Jones calls “Alpha Management.” It’s the masculine, raw-powered, authoritative way of leading your company. You know this one from old movies, and, well, unfortunately, all around.
The second one is “Beta Management.” Obviously, this one is the feminine one, favoring cooperation over power, in a lean-in type of way.
However, there’s a third option! (Don’t forget that: there’s always a third option!) You’ve guessed it: “Omega Management.” The one practiced by Jesus, and the one which incorporates the best of both worlds.
And it’s based on three strengths: self-mastery, action, and relationships. Excelling at each of them is a requirement if you want to be a good leader.
So, let’s have a look at them and how Jesus employed them in our “Key Lessons” section!
Key Lessons from “Jesus CEO”
1. Self-Mastery: Know Thyself
2. Action: Don’t Just Talk – Do
3. Relationships: Make Other People Better Versions of Themselves
Self-Mastery: Know Thyself
The first rule of being a great leader is knowing yourself. Jesus knew who he was and what was his mission from the very start. And he was passionately committed to it even in the moments of doubt and failure.
You should be too. You should understand yourself and master the power of your potential. And, then, start seeing your mission as something as great and as immutable as destiny.
Action: Don’t Just Talk – Do
Being committed to your mission doesn’t mean only talking about it. You have to do something about it. And, to paraphrase Gandhi, be the change you want to see around you. You have to be firm and dedicated, but also innovative and creative. Because, obstacles will come, and you should never forget that they will not go away all by themselves.
You have to act.
Relationships: Make Other People Better Versions of Themselves
Remember Simon Sinek’s respected bestseller “Leaders Eat Last”? Well, what did Jesus do at the Last Supper if not that! And why did he put his disciples above him?
Because, he respected them and because he knew that that’s the only way they’ll trust and follow him. True, you can make yourself vulnerable in the process, but that only makes you a better person.
And, consequently, a better leader.
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