Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Leadership (MAL)



First Advisor

John Benson


While reading Servant Leadership by Robert GreenLeaf and other studies on servant leadership, the idea of comparing Jesus' life to servant leadership became an area of interest. The leadership style of Jesus seemed to be a good area for my research given my interest in religion and my course work in leadership education. Having thought of Jesus only in terms of a religious figure, it was exciting for me to explore his life and message from a different perspective. This paper is written not as the ultimate treatise on religion, because I doubt that will ever be written, but rather to stimulate and contribute to dialogue about the critical issue of servant leadership in our times. My perspective is that of a student who is in a leadership program. What I have to share about servant leadership is largely what I have gleaned from experience, both my oun and others, and from reading leadership literature. I will be looking at three different models of leadership, which are servant, leadership, charismatic leadership and transformational leadership. It is my contention that current leadership materials of today can help evangelical Christians better understand what sort of leader Jesus was and was not. Most ministers try to follow Jesus' example when they lead their congregations. But some don't do it very well. They could learn something about Jesus as a model of leadership from a study of some current leadership models such as Greenleaf, Burns and Weber. This we will demonstrate in this paper.


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