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The leadership of Jesus and its legacy today
Adair, John Eric, 1934-
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Cleveland, Ohio : Pilgrim Press, [2001]

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xi, 194 pages ; 22 cm
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Two thousand years later, Jesus of Nazareth still attracts tens of millions of followers worldwide. Adair sets out to discover what kind of leader Jesus was and compares and contrasts his style with both the secular and religious power-brokers of the time.Part one describes leadership in Jesus' world, and surveys Greek teachers of leadership, biblical leaders, chief rulers in Jesus' day, and even John the Baptizer.Part two reveals what kind of leadership Jesus exercised, including his work with his disciples (teamwork), and his model of servant leadership.Part three surveys the legacy of Jesus' leadership and its relevance for today's leaders.

Author Notes

John Adair is a renowned author and consultant on leadership. He lives in the United Kingdom.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Part 1 Leadership in Jesus' World
1 The Greek Teachers of Leadershipp. 1
The Thinker--Socratesp. 4
The General--Xenophonp. 7
'Leader of the Greeks'--Alexander the Greatp. 17
2 Great Leaders of the Biblep. 27
The Patriarch--Abrahamp. 29
The Prophet--Mosesp. 36
The Shepherd-King--Davidp. 43
3 The Chief Rulers in Jesus' Dayp. 53
The Chief Priest--Caiaphasp. 53
The Roman Prefect--Pontius Pilatep. 59
The Tetrarch of Galilee--Herod Antipasp. 66
4 The Forgotten Leader--John the Baptizerp. 74
A New Elijahp. 75
John's First Appearancep. 77
The Work of Johnp. 79
In the Hands of Herodp. 82
The Aftermathp. 85
In Retrospectp. 87
Part 2 What Kind of Leader was Jesus?
5 The Journey of Jesusp. 91
The Vocation of Jesusp. 92
The Mission in Galileep. 93
'Or do we look for another?'p. 96
The Hour Has Comep. 98
In Jerusalemp. 102
The Last Night of the Worldp. 104
6 Jesus and Teamworkp. 109
The Relation of Jesus and his Disciplesp. 114
Maintaining the Unity of the Teamp. 118
A Lost Sheep--Judas Iscariotp. 119
7 The Vision of Jesusp. 123
The Kingdom of God on Earthp. 123
Developing the Visionp. 125
The Law of the Kingdomp. 127
Entering the Kingdomp. 129
'The kingdom of God is in the midst of you'p. 132
Living the Visionp. 133
8 Serve to Leadp. 138
Teaching on Humilityp. 138
How Jesus Exemplified Servant-Leadershipp. 142
Sharing Equally the Hardships and Dangersp. 144
Part 3 The Legacy of Jesus' Leadership
9 On Visionp. 149
Rediscovering the Vision of Jesusp. 150
From Periphery to Centrep. 153
The New Nazarenesp. 157
10 On Humilityp. 161
The Apostle of Humility--Lao Tzup. 162
Humility in Action--Mahatma Gandhip. 164
Nobility in Leadership--Nelson Mandelap. 166
11 On Leadership--Timeless and Timelyp. 172
Is Charisma Necessary?p. 173
Learning to Leadp. 176
The Need for Humilityp. 177
The Supreme Testp. 179
Towards Undiscovered Endsp. 180
Notesp. 183
Note 1 The 'Nazarene'p. 185
Note 2 The Gospel of Barnabasp. 193
Note 3 A Bibliographical Notep. 195