Jesus’ Cross-Cultural Model of ‘Leader As Servant’ In Luke 22:24-30

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Debby Thomas


This article presents a model of leadership proposed by Jesus that contributes to outstanding leadership in cultures throughout the world. A review of the literature on servant leadership and power distance reveal that although resisted, servant leadership is a desired and appropriate form of leadership even in cultures with high power distance. A socio-rhetorical interpretation of Luke 22:24-30 is presented focusing on Jesus’ command to ‘lead as a servant’. The modern-day conception of servant leadership is found to parallel Jesus’ teaching of leader as servant. Power distance, one of the dimensions in the GLOBE Study (Chhokar, Brodbeck, & House, 2007), relates directly to Jesus’ teaching on leadership, and the GLOBE Study confirms that Jesus’ form of ‘leader as servant’ is appropriate to use in cultures across the world and that leaders worldwide desire more of this form of leadership.


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Thomas, D. (2018). Jesus’ Cross-Cultural Model of ‘Leader As Servant’ In Luke 22:24-30. Theology of Leadership Journal, 1(1), 67-78. Retrieved from