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OUR MISSION

Glorify God by inspiring and equipping people to lead like Jesus.

A methodology that’s Jesus-centric.
A learning journey that’s continuous.

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Discover

Discover—again and again—the heart of Jesus for leadership
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Develop

Develop an understanding of Jesus’ approach to leadership
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Demonstrate

Demonstrate Jesus’ approach in family, work, and community
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Disciple

Disciple leaders who disciple leaders who lead like Jesus
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VISION 2030

Millions Influenced by Lead Like Jesus

By 2030, Lead Like Jesus will be a major global source of leadership training and development for Christian nonprofits, mission agencies, churches, and businesses, so that someday, everyone everywhere will be influenced by someone who leads like Jesus.

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NATIONS

100

FACILITATORS, TRAINERS, & COACHES

1,000

LEADERS TRAINED & COACHED

200,000

OUR STORY

Longtime friends and Lead Like Jesus Co-Founders Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges thought they were on to something good.

Ken had successfully studied and taught leadership for years. His writings on the topic of leadership (including The One Minute Managerled him to become one of Amazon’s Top 25 Bestsellers of All Time. Phil Hodges served as a leader in corporate America with US Steel and Xerox, serving as a labor union negotiator.  Initially through Phil’s influence, Ken gradually came to understand the overwhelming need for Jesus to take the lead in his own life.

As a new believer, Ken began to study the Bible and became fascinated with how Jesus led perfectly in every way. Jesus transformed twelve ordinary, unlikely individuals into the first generation of Christian leaders, launching a movement that continues to affect the course of world history some two thousand years later.

Inspired by a new vision of influential leadership, Ken and Phil co-founded Lead Like Jesus to inspire and equip people to lead like Jesus.

Today, Lead Like Jesus is a global organization that promises the transformational leadership Model – because our Model is Jesus, the greatest Leader of all time. We focus on heart-centered, transformative leadership that equips leaders to effectively impact their own spheres of influence.

Lead Like Jesus is blessed to be the catalyst for countless individuals around the world who carry Jesus into their own spheres of influence daily. We do not run other nonprofits, businesses, schools, or churches—but we teach the leaders who do, so that God is glorified.

Statement of Faith

  • We believe that the Bible is God’s verbally inspired, complete written revelation to mankind.
  • We believe in one God—infinitely holy and perfect—who exists eternally in the three persons of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the virgin birth, earthly miracles, sinless life, substitutionary death on the cross, bodily resurrection, ascension, and literal second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • We believe that the Holy Spirit is the Divine Person sent to indwell, guide, empower, and sanctify the believer and bear witness to Jesus Christ.
  • We believe that the Church consists of all those who trust in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ as the means for obtaining forgiveness of their sins and eternal life with God.

Beliefs About Leadership

  • We believe Jesus is the greatest leadership role model of all time.
  • We believe leadership happens anytime we influence the thinking, behavior, or development of another person.
  • We believe effective leadership starts on the inside with our hearts.
  • We believe serving is the only approach to leadership Jesus validates for his followers.

Annual Reports

We continue to be amazed at all God has done. He has multiplied our efforts as we’ve sought to accomplish our mission “to glorify God by inspiring and equipping people to lead like Jesus.” We are thankful for His blessing and for your support as we have partnered together in seeing leaders transformed.
Our Annual Reports provide only a sampling of what God has done in and through Lead Like Jesus around the world. We are thankful for all that has been done and expectant for all that is to come!
Thank you for your partnership as we bring leaders face to face with Jesus.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What does Lead Like Jesus do?

We believe that Jesus is the greatest leadership role model of all time. Lead Like Jesus® is a global training and equipping organization that helps individuals and organizations discover, embrace and apply the leadership model of Jesus. We do this by offering a variety of individual and team-oriented solutions and resources both domestically and internationally.

Because we believe that successful leadership begins on the inside, our programs and solutions intentionally focus on a person’s heart motivation first. Then we broaden our scope to address personal habits and leadership tactics.

For individuals, we offer solutions that help with personal growth and development:

  • Weekly Podcasts with thought leaders who offer both spiritual and practical wisdom
  • Weekly Blogs that look at common leadership challenges from a biblical perspective with real-time application
  • Weekly Devotionals that help individuals align their day-to-day activities with God’s truth
  • Questions & Answers that tackle specific leadership issues in an honest and straightforward way, always pointing to God’s Word and its practical application
  • Books, devotionals and Bible study guides
  • Our Biblical DISC® personality assessment to help you understand yourself and others better and use that understanding to lead and influence them more effectively

For organizations, we offer solutions that help with personal growth and development for leaders, employees and teams:

For churches, youth groups, Christian schools and homeschoolers we offer:

Do you work only with faith-based organizations?

We wholeheartedly believe that we can’t lead like Jesus without Jesus. We promise the best, most transformational leadership model for you and your organization – because our Model is Jesus, the greatest Leader of all time.

We are honored to work with, train and equip any individual or organization open to exploring this leadership model.

The Lead Like Jesus model has been successfully utilized by large and small organizations, privately owned and operated businesses, schools, universities, orphanages, churches and church planters—even state prisons.

What’s your most popular leadership program/solution?

  • For individuals, our Lead Like Jesus Revisited book and our Lead Like Jesus 6-week Study Guide are a great way to begin the journey to becoming a Lead like Jesus leader.
  • For teams, organizations, churches and church planters, we recommend our 10-hour Encounter experience as the foundation for discovering the leadership model of Jesus and applying it in daily activities, decision-making and interactions with co-workers, ministry partners, congregations, clients, vendors, family and more.

How can I use Lead Like Jesus content in a “secular” environment?

At least 85 percent of Christians spend between 60 and 70 percent of their waking hours in the marketplace, working in “secular” jobs. For most believers, the marketplace presents a primary opportunity to live out their faith.

Less than 20 percent of Americans regularly attend church. The good news is that the 80 percent who aren’t attending church still wake up and go to work alongside Christian co-workers in the marketplace each day, which means that followers of Jesus have an incredible opportunity to impact those lives.

But are we recognizing and embracing this opportunity?

The primary purpose of every believer is to glorify God, regardless of where they are planted.

Lead Like Jesus helps followers of Jesus from all walks of life—nurses, teachers, mechanics, government employees, entrepreneurs, prison guards, correctional officers, students—to embrace their God-given roles, as Peter encouraged the early believers:

“Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices. Then they’ll be won over to God’s side and be there to join in the celebration when he arrives” (1 Peter 2:12, The Message).

Lead Like Jesus resources can be used by:

  • Individuals: for self-study and development as “salt and light” in the workplace
  • Christian business owners: to mentor and disciple other believers in his/her business
  • Believers/co-workers: as a monthly accountability breakfast
  • Believers in the workplace: lunch-hour development, discipleship and outreach (with permission of their supervisors as needed)
  • Individuals: for neighborhood outreach using small group studies, and more!

When even one person embraces the leadership model of Jesus and makes a decision to live it out daily, others will be impacted, and the Kingdom of God will advance!

How can I get involved with Lead Like Jesus?

Getting involved with us is really, really, really easy! Here are just a few ways:

  • Subscribe to our blogs, devotionals, podcasts and more. Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or Instagram, and share whatever insights and content you find helpful and inspirational with others!
  • Download one of our free e-books to learn more about our leadership model.
  • Use any of our resources for self-development or group study and accountability.
  • Become a trained facilitator so you can bring Lead Like Jesus solutions into your church or place of work.
  • Share our website with your co-workers, bosses, teams, friends… pretty much everyone J.
  • If you’ve been challenged and inspired by our work and if we’ve added value to your life, consider supporting us through prayer and financially.
  • Learn more about our global work and how the leadership model of Jesus is penetrating and transforming foreign government leaders, Muslim territories, prisoners and more! You can participate in this incredible work through your financial gifts and prayers.

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