Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Divine Leader Book Suggests Jesus Would Be Great CEO

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Divine Leader Book Suggests Jesus Would Be Great CEO

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If Jesus Christ had been in today's business world, he'd probably be on the cover of Business Week for his novel and energizing management style. That style, after all, ignited a staff of 12 to change the world.

That's the idea espoused by author Laurie Beth Jones, a business consultant from San Diego, who has written "Jesus CEO: Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership" (Hyperion, $16.95).

You don't even have to be a Christian to gain from the book, Jones said. Although she's a Christian, in her book she looked at Jesus as a historical figure rather than as a religious image.

"I began to look at the premise that here is a man who had three years to train people, none of whom was divine, and those people went on to change the world after he left, and they did it working for free," said Jones, 42, who came up with the idea for the book 20 years ago.

She said she began to look at Jesus in a new way, asking herself, "What did he do with these people to turn them into lean, clean preaching machines?"

Jones divides Jesus' management skills into three categories:

Self-mastery skills - knowing who you are and your natural gifts.

Action skills - being willing to move forward without someone else.


The reason Jesus was so successful, Jones said, was that he gave people a vision. In fact, one of her messages is for managers to look at the way Jesus motivated his staff by giving them "a vision of something larger than themselves."

"When Jesus selected his staff, he didn't say, `Follow me, and I will increase your net worth 6.5 percent.' He said, `Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.' "

Similarly, she said, managers would benefit more by motivating employees to feel like part of a team with a larger mission than by pushing the benefits of an individual job. …

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