Jesus the True Leader. The Biographical Portrait of Jesus as Leader in the Gospel of Matthew
The purpose of the present study is to understand and clarify how Jesus is presented as a leader in the Gospel of Matthew. The usage of common leadership terms in reference to Jesus early in the story, the biographical genre of Matthew, and the consistently negative portrayal of other leaders in the story give good reasons for the inquiry. Three main questions are at the forefront: How does the theme of leadership develop throughout the story? What are the main moral character traits of Jesus? What are the main features of the relationship between Jesus and the people? The focus of the study is thus in agreement with the common understanding of “leadership” as a social process where one individual influences others, and recent trends in leadership studies to emphasize the ethical aspects in the understanding of good leadership.