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Israel Leite

Hult International Business School

Management Consultant

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I enjoy the opportunity to be constantly learning and creating, as you come across different organizations, sectors and clients. When a project becomes a success, it is also very pleasant to receive the appreciation of your client for the solution you provided for him.

What is a challenge or difficulty you face at work?

The most difficult part is dealing with unreal deadlines and seeing a client deprioritize or totally cancel the implementation of a solution that you put a lot of effort into simply due to unilateral decisions of a more powerful executive.

How do you see that the Gospel is or could be transforming your workplace?

The scriptures tell us that, no matter what we do, we should do it for the glory of God. Therefore, the way we conduct businesses and people should be one of our testimonies of the Gospel. Before deciding to follow Jesus, even though I would do it reluctantly, I would accept to compromise and, to some extent, even distort realities regarding my proposed solutions if a client demanded that from me. Now, I am not willing to do that anymore, even if that costs me the relationship with the client and even the project. I desire that my professional life be the same spiritual life that I claim to have when I am among believers and all by myself.

What is one piece of advice you would give to those that will enter the workplace in the future?

Don’t exclude God from your work life. If you truly believe him, He takes care of you there in everything as well. Always remember to pray for you boss, co-workers and subordinates and clients. From day one, let those who work with you know that you are a Christian and is not willing to compromise your Christian principles. So, if you ever come across a work situation that seem to demand you to compromise your Christian integrity, even on the small things, don’t give in to it. Pray for a non-compromising solution. Like it is said the parable of the talents, when we are faithful with little, we then become worthy of dealing with much. And, like Jesus said, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all the others things will be added to you”. So, if we really have him as Lord, i.e., as owner of our lives, we should obey this, even if it costs us our job. His words are “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it”. So, if we really believe that God created the Heavens and the Earth, that He loves us, that all that we have has been given by Him, and that He listens when we pray, then he will provide for all your need and can do much more than you asked or imagined with that situation, in his perfect timing. And that will bring you to a closer relationship with Him.