LEADERSHIP MISCONCEPTIONS: JAMES AND JOHN’S REQUEST FOR GLORIUS SEATS IN MARK 10:35-37

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Abstract


This article first establishes that Mark 10:35-42 is about the misunderstandings of discipleship by James and John, the sons of Zebedee. In this article these misunderstandings are interpreted as the misconceptions of leadership in modern terms. The first misconception is kinship. It is in view of the familial relationship between Jesus and the sons of Zebedee. The second one is self-interest. They asked Jesus to grant them their own desire (Mk 10:35). The third misconception is called position. James and John thought that leadership was the place that a person sits in or a position that one occupies (Mk 10:36-37). The fourth one is competition. The other ten disciples responded with indignation suggesting that they equally wanted to sit on the left and right (Mk 10:41). Finally, Jesus knew that their idea of leadership is about lordship and authority over the followers (Mk 10:42). Therefore the final misconception is lordship and authority. 


Keywords


Leadership misconceptions; kinship, self-interest; position; competition; lordship and authority

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