7 de mar. de 2020

Jesus’ leadership

José Bernardo.

Many authors have demonstrated the difference between Eastern and Western thinking, particularly with regard to leadership. Personally, I would say that the West leads by objectives, prioritizing what must be achieved and developing the strategies to do so. In my view, Eastern leadership is more related to purposes, principles, the reason for its existence and its fulfillment or completion. Such leadership seeks the fullness of life. When compared to the Americans, if exempt from their influence, Brazilian leaders tend to seek more purposes than objectives, more ‘why’ to do something than just ‘what’ to do. This stance is the reason why our leadership is considered less efficient when analyzed from a western perspective. It is less objective, less numerical, more complex and more difficult to explain. While our colleagues define processes and procedures, we debate the reason for life.

If Jesus had been a Western leader, he would have made a three-year plan for his ministry, established a certain number of people to reach with the Gospel message, organized a list of contacts in the cities he would visit, developed a product to be presented, specialists to be contracted through a selection process and accompanied the execution of the plan with a PERT chart and result indicators. But what we see, after the first success in Capernaum, is Jesus retreating to a deserted place and praying until he clarifies why he had come for, only then returning to action. We will find that same attitude over the next few years, often illuminated by the phrase 'for the Scriptures to be fulfilled'. At the end of his ministry, Jesus did not present a results report, did not list cities he visited or people he preached to, he said: ‘it is finished’, using the verb gr. teleó, which indicates completion.

The verbal form of the grand commission also suggests that our leadership should focus on purpose. According to Mark, 'Go and preach' are poured into the aorist, a verb tense that emphasizes ​​pure action without defining its duration or ending: something like 'going, preach'. It is not an objective imperative as Western thought would like to hear; defines a principle, a mode of action to be observed. The leadership in fulfilling the mission, therefore, cannot be simplified in the acquisition of quantities, it must seek the definition of principles of action and the modification of behaviors. In this way, very similar to Jesus, Paul did not reach the end of his ministry by listing how many churches he founded or how many members there were in each; he said: ‘I fought the good fight, I completed my career and kept my faith’. But, between two worlds, between the priority of purposes or objectives, we always run the risk of never accomplish anything.
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This essay belongs to the 'Eksucia' series for the training of workers 'Empower72' of AMME evangelize, which establishes the power of character as the denial of self and the incarnation of the character of Christ. Here we defend the denial of personal goals for the realization of divine purposes.

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