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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Leadership (03/14/05)

TITLE: Hiring Squad
By Shellie Power


Sitting behind his desk Andrew stared at the list of names in front of him. The people on this list had all been interviewed and the board of directors had taken the time to review and comment on each one. It was now Andrew's turn to select a couple of names to interview a second time. It was absolutely critical for the person they hire to have strong leadership skills. This was not a skill that could be allowed to improve over time- they needed a leader and needed one now.

The list of names stared back at Andrew.

Abraham--he was old. Very old. There were also reports of him listening to voices. In one instance he even prepared to murder his own son because of the voice. Andrew crossed his name off.

Moses--Nice fellow. Simple. His speech was a problem- he was hard to understand at times. Andrew read how in his last job Moses was prone to fits of rage. He actually became so violent he was lashing out at inanimate objects. Andrew removed his name from the list.

Jacob--Andrew was impressed with his qualifications. Only one personality trait worried him. It seemed that Jacob was inclined to pick favorites. As a leader you need to be impartial so Andrew crossed his name off the list as well.

John B.--Andrew crossed this man's name off almost immediately. John's diet and attire were such a turn off that Andrew couldn't even imagine anyone listening to this man.

Jesus--This man seemed to stir up quite a following easily. He had many people who listened and hung on every word. What displeased Andrew was this man's ability to anger authorities. He seemed to be above the law. Andrew crossed his name off.

Peter--Wow, did this man impress. He definitely had enthusiasm. His references caused Andrew to pause. He was also unpredictable. He was responsible for the personal injury of an authority figure and he often acted without thinking. In great moments of need he had proved unreliable . Peter's name was removed.

Judas--Good and solid. Andrew read on. This man was also very good with money. Andrew put this name aside. They would definitely be calling this man back for a second look.

Andrew located Judas' number and left a note for his secretary. He was hoping that they had found their leader. He certainly had more qualities than the other names on the list.


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Lynne Gaunt03/22/05
Wow! I enjoyed your creative approach to this topic. The twist at the end is quite thought-provoking. Well done!
Kathy Cartee03/23/05
Very well done.

A very good reminder of the way the world picks it's leaders.

donna robinson03/23/05
Sometimes some people give the impression of being solid and religious even only to turn out to be more like Judas, quality on the outside and empty on the inside. Very interesting read!
Suzanne R03/23/05
What an interesting article! Well done.
Karen Deikun03/24/05
This was so good! I loved the comments for each Bible character. It was creative and amusing yet it said a mouthful.
Delores Baber03/27/05
Great article! The world's methods of choosing a leader is so like this. What why God tells us man looks on the outward appearance but God looks on the heart. Your approach of comparing each based on statements taken out of context, though accurate was inspiring! Keep up the good work!