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Jesus as Global Leader (Part VIII)—Teacher

In this series of posts, I have been taking us through Marquardt and Berger’s eight competencies of an effective global leader for the 21st century and comparing them to what we know about the life of Jesus Christ. The purpose has been to get us to look at Jesus not just as the Son of God or as a great moral teacher, but as a leader. How does Jesus fair when tested through the grid…

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Jesus as Global Leader (Part VII)—Spirituality

Though it may sound strange to modern ears, the business world has witnessed a growing interest in spirituality in the workplace. Thus Marquardt and Berger list “Spirituality” as one of the qualities of a successful global leader. They write: Many cutting-edge leaders are helping their companies set off on spiritual journeys that are attempts to create a sense of meaning and purpose at work and a connection between the company and its people (p. 26).…

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Jesus as Global Leader (Part VI)—Systems Thinker

“Systems Thinking” is Marquardt and Berger’s sixth essential competency for global leadership. Before we can assess Jesus on this criterion, we should define what we mean by “systems thinking” and being a “systems” thinker. Organizations, communities, nations, and the physical universe itself contain many elements that interact with one another to produce an overall effect. How well these various elements align themselves with one another influences the effectiveness of the system. When systems become out…

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Jesus as Global Leader (Part I)

Western culture has segregated Jesus Christ to the religious realm, denying him entrance into the world of organizational management. I believe, however, that—apart from one’s religious view of Jesus—his life exhibits the traits of a global leader and that his example as a leader provides valuable insights that leaders today can incorporate to the benefit of today’s global organizations. Jesus ignited a movement that would encompass the entire Mediterranean world in less than 100 years…

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Jesus Christ as a Model of Global Leadership

Whereas it used to be news, the impact of globalization on everything we do has become common knowledge. With this knowledge also comes the recognition that leaders today must have a global perspective. So, I finalize this series on Jesus as a Model Leader asking the question: “Was Jesus’ perspective global?” What is a global perspective? In an unpublished Global Awareness Proposal, Dr. Robert Reese, Associate Professor of Cross-Cultural Ministry at Mid-Atlantic Christian University, defines…

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  • Isaiah 53:3-4 March 30, 2020
    “He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem. Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.”
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