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Anger and Leadership…Do They Mix?

Bible Character: Jesus

As a leader…is it acceptable to display anger?

Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. Matthew 21:12

Jesus was obviously upset that the house of the Lord was being used to buy and sell animals, often at an exorbitant price.

Why is anger sometimes necessary?

Shows a Leader Cares

When a leader shows emotion, people know they care. Convictions can carry a lot of weight. Although displaying anger can have some negative consequences, at times a leader needs to show what they are against.

Jesus knew what was really going on at the temple, and he was against it. Jews were coming to the Passover Festival wanting atonement, only to be forced into paying an exorbitant price for the animals they needed to make that sacrifice. He needed to send a message that this kind of behavior was wrong. It was necessary to show he cared about his father’s house.

Some People Need It

Everybody is unique and motivated by different factors. Embracing multiple leadership styles and personality traits is essential for effective leadership. Certain individuals need people getting upset at them to understand the complete situation. Although it may not be enjoyable for any party involved, it can serve a purpose.


Simply put, Jesus is Love. He is known most for his compassion, kindness, and overall Love for everyone. He is also known for his straightforwardness and honesty. Was he mad, to the point of outrage when, he entered the temple area? I’m not sure, but I do believe the people needed a strong correction that day, and a flash of anger might have been Jesus’ only strategy at that point.


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4 thoughts on “Anger and Leadership…Do They Mix?

  1. I hope you don’t mind but the correct wording is “does anger and leadership mix”

    You are correct in you analyses, although anger is very important, a leader must and should know the limits of their anger to be effective. I also agree that each person is different and hence the anger approach should be dealt with on different levels.

  2. I think it is acceptable to show anger sometimes. If that is your regular expression of disappointment you will alienate people. I learned in life that anger is a secondary emotion so it is good to understand what is driving your anger. When showing anger it should not be out of control anger. That sort of display is unprofessional and only shows your subordinates that you are weak and lack self control. This revelation wi undermine their confidence in you.

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