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Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership 

Many books have been written about good examples of leadership. The book, Jesus, CEO; Using Ancient Wisdom for Visionary Leadership by Laurie Beth Jones is well-written, and a highly useful example of the characteristics of biblically-based leadership applicable to our management world today. Her book brings together the hard and soft skills of love, inspiration and good will into any organization's leaders or team leaders.

A preface in the introduction of this book states: "One person trained twelve human beings who went on to so influence the world that time itself is recorded as being before (B.C.) or after (A.D.) his existence.


This person worked with a staff that was totally human and not divine...a staff that in spite of illiteracy, questionable backgrounds, fractious feelings, and momentary cowardice went on to accomplish the tasks he trained them to do. They did this for one main reason - to be with him again.

His leadership style was intended to be put to use by any of us." Much can be learned from Jesus’ visionary leadership style today as much as it was 2000 years ago.

The author, a successful businesswoman, believes that Jesus' management style incorporates the best of masculine and feminine leadership styles, by harnessing spiritual energy, so that both males and females can become empowered leaders. She explains that this can be done by using three categories of strengths: 1] the strength of self-mastery; 2] the strength of action and 3] the strength of relationships.

The chapters are easily read and translate the process by which Jesus performed the above categories of strengths. Some of the chapter titles are self-explanatory and to the point of each chapter.


His Statements are What he Becomes

He Kept in Constant Contact with his Boss

He Stuck to his Mission

He Believed in Himself

He Guarded his Energy

He did not Waste Time Judging Others

He had a Passionate Commitment to the Cause

He Worked through his Fears

Strength of Action

He took Action

He had a Plan; He formed a Team

He Broke Ranks; He Came from Left Field and Branched Out

He Trained his Replacements

Strength of Relationships

He Clearly Defined their Work-related Benefits

He Treated them as Equals

He Held them Accountable

He Set an Example for Them

He Looked out for the Little Guys; He Served Them; Defended Them and Gave Them Authority

He Loved Them to the End

This book is described as a must-read for college business courses. It exhibits the core competencies of training and soft skills.

© Marie Coppola   Revised October 2019

Nurse Practitioner and Physician Assistant are two health professions that sound alike and have some similarities, but are two different positions. Both of these positions work closely with patients, and provide help and medical advice without becoming a doctor.

Here's the difference:

A Nurse Practitioner (NP) must be a Registered Nurse with advanced academic achievement and additional experience in medical settings. In most cases, in order to be a NP, it is necessary to have a Masters degree in nursing or some field related to health care. The NP should also have additional clinical experience; ie, hands-on knowledge related to the treatment of disease, and also of diagnosis.

The NP can diagnose, manage most illnesses and provide general family health as well as develop treatment plans for them. There are many specialty areas associated with Nurse Practitioners such as geriatric nursing, pediatrics, neonatal care, adult health, public health and many others.

Nurse Practitioners can diagnose diseases, including some chronic diseases, develop treatment plans for them and are authorized to write prescriptions, order tests, and have hospital privileges.

According to the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, they can work close to 36 hours a week, and earn a median salary of $73,620 /yr.

A Physician's Assistant (PA) does not work alone in a practice but performs their duties under a doctor's supervision. The PA can also diagnose disease and write prescriptions, but at the direction of a licensed physician (M.D. or D.O.) The PA does not have as much authority as a NP, but does work with autonomy depending on competence and doctor's delegation.

Assistants also can engage in diagnosis of common illnesses, come up with treatment plans, and prescribe medications on a limited basis. They cannot prescribe narcotics, and there may be some other limitations, which can vary on a state by state basis (since a Physician Assistant is licensed by the state). PA's are also able to order tests, and interpret the results of x-rays and laboratory tests. They can examine patients and treat minor injuries.  Physician assistant programs generally take 26 months of full-time study to complete.   See educational requirements for PA's below:


Physician Assistants may also have specialties similar to the NP; they can assist during surgeries and also work at hospitals, under proper supervision.

According to American Academy of Physician’s Assistants, the median salary for a Physician Assistant is $69,517 /yr. working approximately 32 hours a week.

These two positions are increasing in the healthcare area and can be great jobs, with opportunity to provide patients with quality health care, and educate them about better health practices. You may need a four-year degree to get started. The NP will have increased responsibilities and a PA will be starting out on a rewarding career path.

NOTE: A nurse practitioner (NP) is an advanced practice registered nurse who holds a graduate-level degree. While in most states RNs currently need only a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree to become nurse practitioners, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) has proposed that the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) be the minimum requirement for all advanced practice nurses by 2015.

Reference: Online Nurse Practitioner Programs http://onlinenursepractitionerprograms.com/nurse-practitioner-vs-physician-assistant-whats-the-difference/

Marie Coppola February 2013