International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Jezebel Spirit: A Case Study in Subversive Leadership
David J. Gavin, Joanne H. Gavin, Wes Crane

In this paper, we examine the Jezebel Spirit, a biblical example of subversive leadership and its implications for leaders of any organization. First, the historical explanation of the Jezebel Spirit is presented. This explanation is then applied to a case study conducted in a small rural protestant church in the Northwest, near the Canadian border. Using an instrument that measures emotional intelligence, the personalities of the pastor and the assistant pastor are compared and the elements of the Jezebel Spirit are revealed. Finally, the paper evaluates a possible example of the Jezebel Spirit in a corporate setting through an examination of the process behind the 1999 ousting of Jon Corzine as leader of Goldman Sachs.

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