How do effective bosses and managers gain executive competence and nurture healthy, long-lasting organizations? We know that many executives from among an estimated 30 million businesses operating in the United States engage in leadership activities and learning annually. Hundreds of thousands of people currently managing or aspiring to management enroll in Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs every year, making the MBA the most popular post-graduate degree in the United States. And, an online Internet search for “leadership and management books” has yielded more than 130,000 results.
That is a lot of businesses, bosses, and books.
However, which is best? If you could learn from the preeminent expert, the ultimate leadership and management guru, whom would you select? If you could enroll in the best MBA program, which would you choose? If you could study the best leadership book, which would you pick? Where would you turn for help developing an annual and/or multi-millennial plan and key insights from a prominent leader who is a master of administration, people, organizations, and strategic planning?
With these types of questions in mind, we (the authors) explored leadership and management practices recorded in the Bible to seek insights on how God treated employees. After all, has anyone been around longer, knows people and organizations better, or inspired a more historically influential and popular book?
Where would you turn for help developing an annual and/or multi-millennial plan and key insights from a prominent leader who is a master of administration, people, organizations, and strategic planning?
(Dr. K. Lynn Lewis) “The book idea began some years ago. While searching for some pragmatic, biblically-based leadership and management insights, I decided to survey the Bible from the perspective of God as a boss and Jesus as a coach. I organized my results into a helpful framework and invited some local business leaders to four Boss Like God seminars in 2013 based on a review of the Old Testament, and then offered another series of seminars in 2014 based on a review of the Gospels and Acts in the New Testament.
My co-author, Beau McBeth, attended both series of seminars and began exploring and field-testing the concepts himself in various organizations and study groups to see if the insights made any difference in his workplace.”
(Mr. Beau McBeth) “My life personally changed forever through the Boss Like God and Coach Like Jesus series. At the time, I served in leadership in a global organization that at one point laid off more than 32,000 employees. The insights I learned radically transformed my thinking and helped me improve my management practices. Others joined me in studying and implementing these insights, too, and as our learning network has continued to expand, many people and groups have reported experiencing vital transformation.”
This contemporary, extensive review of employer and employee accounts recorded in the Old Testament books of the Bible summarizes numerous practical insights related to our own studies and experiences, as well as those of others.
Specifically, Boss Like God explores how the Supreme CEO hired employees, managed them, fired some, and helped leaders and organizations execute transitions in leadership.
Historical accounts and modern examples from various industry fields help contemporize these insights and provide blueprints that can help readers become exemplary bosses and, hopefully, ultimately hear these words from the Boss of all bosses:
“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”
 “Frequently Asked Questions,” SBA Office of Advocacy, August 2017, SBA.gov.
 “Why the MBA has become the most popular master’s degree in the U.S.,” John A. Byrne, 31 May 2014, Fortune.com.
 General search conducted on Amazon.com in October 2017.
 Research texts included books in the Jewish scriptures known as the Hebrew Bible, or Tanakh, and corresponding to the portion of the Christian Bible traditionally known as the “Old Testament.”
 In the last 50 years, the Bible sold 3.9 billion copies, “Quotations from the Works of Mao Tse-tung” sold 820 million, and “Harry Potter” sold 400 million. See “10 Most Read Books In The World,” James Chapman, 20 March 2015, HubPages.com. Also see GuinnessWorldRecords.com.
 Deuteronomy 10:17, “For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God” and Revelation 17:14, “He is Lord of lords and King of kings.”
 Jesus, as recorded in Matthew 25:21 and 23.
K. Lynn Lewis serves as President of The Bible Seminary in Katy, Texas and is the founder and President of InspireUSA: Celebrating the Best of America®. A seasoned entrepreneur with a diverse professional background in business, education, and ministry, he is the author of Boss Like God: A Blueprint for Elite Workplace Performance (2018), Meat and Potatoes for the Soul (2013,2015), Plight (2015), and Christian Communication in the Twenty-first Century (2002), and producer of What a Dig and Shiloh Network News video series.