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Jesus Christ the project leader
What can project managers learn about project management from Jesus of Nazareth? In the four Gospels describing the life and work of Jesus, one sees that his life was to spark a widespread interest in a goal that aimed at both personal and social transformation. The paper takes a critical look at these sources, identifies relevant themes and shows how project leaders might enhance their practice by using the teachings and management practices of Jesus. The paper discusses the link between professional virtue and professional duty, the rigors of goal setting and its implication on work by mapping the sayings of Jesus into nine project management categories and illustrates how that knowledge can be interpreted for project management of modern times. In this attempt, the paper will educate the reader on clear focus, definite planning, strategic thinking and sublime values. Furthermore, the paper presents what has been done so far in this regard in the project management literature — especially in terms of leadership styles and emotional intelligence — and gives an interesting practical reference to the ontological concept of sin for project management.