Jesus on Leadership: Leading By Example

One of my favorite leadership classics is Jesus CEO by Laurie Beth Jones. It’s an intriguing read on servant leadership. And so, as a Christmas Eve offering, I share some thoughts on Jesus as leader.

Laurie Beth reminds us that in addition to everything else, Jesus inspired sustained results through very human leadership techniques.

1. One person trained twelve human beings who end on to so influence the world that time itself is not recorded as being before (B.C.) or after (A.D) his existence.
2. This person worked with a staff that was totally human and not divine, a staff that in spite of illiteracy, questionable backgrounds, fractious feelings, and momentary cowardice went on to accomplish the tasks he trained them to do. They did this for one main reason– to be with him again.
3. His leadership style was intended to be put to use by any of us.

So what did Jesus do as a leader?

Here’s a start, what would you add?

  • He had a strong internal compass
  • He had a strong vision
  • He challenged the status quo
  • He looked out for the underdog
  • He attracted a diverse team
  • He trained his successors
  • He had a plan
  • He spent time in his leadership “wilderness” 
  • He served others 
  • He recognized hidden talents
  • He took accountability
  • He held others accountable
  • He said thank you
  • He reminded others to say thank you
  • He took risks
  • He celebrated
  • ??
  • ?

As leaders we learn by example, from watching other leaders in their journey. Jesus gave us a powerful example.

Merry Christmas.


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Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt, Founder of Let’s Grow Leaders, helps leaders around the world achieve breakthrough results, without losing their soul. A former Verizon Wireless executive, she has over two decades of experience in sales, customer service, and HR. She was recently named on Inc's list of 100 Great Leadership Speakers and American Management Association's 50 Leaders to Watch. She’s the author of 3 books: Winning Well: A Manager's Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul, Overcoming an Imperfect Boss, and Glowstone Peak.


  1. I’ve never heard of this book. I’ll pick up a copy. Thank you for the mention.

    I’m not sure what’s meant by -He spent time in his leadership “wilderness”- My take is he was intentional about what he could do to be a better leader. He was in a constant state of practice.

    Too many organizations think you can, on a moments notice, spend and send the team to a leadership course and everything will change. There’s no quick fix.

    Leadership needs to be intentional, and practiced every day of the year. Not an easy thing to do. It’s a special moment when you see leadership in action.

  2. Steve, Thanks so much for the thoughtful comment. I was referring to the “wilderness” of the desert where he was said to have spent 40 days in the desert wrestling with and overcoming temptation. And yes, I agree, he was in a constant state of practice. For me that’s what makes him so inspiring as a leader.

  3. Excellent. Refreshing. Thank you. I agree. Extra good to have met you this year. Blessings abundant for the year(s) ahead!

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