The Leadership Styles of Jesus as Found in the Four Gospels

  • Bruce E. Winston
Part of the Christian Faith Perspectives in Leadership and Business book series (CFPLB)


This chapter examined the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) for evidence of what leadership style Jesus used in each person-to-person encounter in which the authors sought to see if Jesus used servant leadership as the dominant/only leadership style. The evidence from each gospel shows that Jesus least used style was Servant Leadership with the styles of (a) autocratic, (b) paternalistic/clan, and (c) (charismatic) vying for the most commonly ascribed style. The evidence reported in the study shows Jesus as a situational leader using the appropriate style given the situation. In addition, the focus of the author of each Gospel may affect the type of leadership style described in each gospel.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Regent UniversityChesapeakeUSA

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