Jesus CEO: Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership by Jones Laurie Beth

Jesus CEO: Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership by Jones Laurie Beth

Author:Jones, Laurie Beth
Language: eng
Format: epub
ISBN: 978-0-7868-7079-0
Publisher: Hachette Books
Published: 2001-09-30T16:00:00+00:00


Question

What project or relationship have you been hanging on to so tightly that it is causing you to lose your balance?

Question

If indeed you could hear God whispering “Let it go,” would you?

Question

If you did, what might you have gained on the journey that was the real prize?

He Rose Above It All

Leaders must be able to rise above controversies, jealousies, petty personal attacks, and ego slights, real or imagined, in order to accomplish anything of worth.

One of the people I have had the pleasure of working with is a CEO at an osteopathic hospital. After a meeting in which some new directions for the hospital were presented, several of the mid-level managers grew concerned about the potential upset it might have to those who were used to doing things as before. This leader calmly listened to their fears (for the fourteenth time) and then turned to the person in charge of implementing the changes and said simply, “Proceed as planned.” The simple directive indicated that, as captain, he had set his sights on the goal and wasn’t about to be drawn off course by fractionary arguments among the crew. He was acting on his aerial view.

When I look at people occupying powerful seats in Congress and the presidency itself, I do not forget the many attacks, vilifications, insults, and opposition they endured in order to attain their powerful status. Influence doesn’t come easily.

Jesus rose above it all by keeping a heavenly perspective. To be “in the world, yet not of it” means rising above it all. He said, “When I am lifted up I will draw all people to me.” Again, he was telling us about the power inherent in taking an aerial view. Driving home late one afternoon, I saw an intriguing sight. The Miramar Naval Air Station was having its annual air show. Cars had stopped all along the freeway to watch the silver planes’ fantastic dips, twists, twirls, and dives. There, in a bare eucalyptus tree, sat a hawk — watching the planes put on their show. She seemed so calm and centered in the midst of the thunderous display.

In fact, the hawk seemed thoughtful. It was as if she were thinking “I, too, have the power to fly — with equal grace and measure. After the noise is over, I will rise and fly away — still master of all I see.”

Jesus, despite all the thunderous noise around him, maintained confidence in his wings and his perspective.

He rose above it all.



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