Jesus, CEO: Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership, Laurie Beth Jones, Hyperion (1996)
This book gives simple and clear directions to anyone seeking guidance in life. Whether one is in a management position, trying to manage family relations, or simply wanting a road map for how to exist in this world, Laurie Beth Jones gives her readers tangible suggestions rooted in examples from Jesus’ life.
The book is not preachy. The author lovingly weaves together the Bible, spirituality, leadership qualities and contemporary stories to form 20+ brief topical chapters. Broken into three sections — self-mastery, action and relationships — these chapters begin with experiences from Jesus’ life. For example: “He Did Not Kick the Donkey,” or “Served Only the Best Wine,” or “He Touched the Fragile Things.”
Reading Jesus, CEO simultaneously assured me that I’m living the way I’d like to be living, and taught me how to be a better leader. I also found myself constantly impressed with the way Jones takes a simple concept and makes it accessible to readers.
For example, in the chapter “He Changed the Unit of Measurement,” Jones starts with, “Perhaps the most important thing a leader can do is change the unit of measurement. Jesus constantly said, ‘It is written… but I say…’” Then, as she does in all her chapters, Jones gives examples of how this principle operates in today’s world. She then links back to Jesus’ example, making the structure of each chapter logical and accessible.
Jones also urges readers to think deeply about these ideas by asking questions at the end of each chapter. When I wrote out the answers to each question I found more information between the written lines. I was able to analyze my leadership potential and current skills, and also see the leadership potential and skills of the people in my life.
I recommend not rushing through this book, but instead taking each chapter as a lesson. Take time to digest the lesson, answer the questions honestly and patiently, and make notes of what you learned.
We so often read these types of books, nod our heads and sometimes even say out loud, “Heck, yeah!” or, “That sounds like me!” Then, after the book is shelved, life takes over again, and the lessons are lost. This book should be read with pen, paper, an open mind — and a resolve to use the insights you’ll gain.RSS feed
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