Every orchestra, no matter how small, has a first-chair player for each section – the oligarchy. The strength of any organization depends largely on the strength of its oligarchy. Jesus had Peter, James, and John. It’s interesting how these men’s qualities worked in synergy. Peter was aggressive – do it now. James was works oriented – get it done right. John’s strength was love – let’s stay together. Put those three together and you’ve got a good little team. Organizational theory says that to amplify your power through an organization, you choose superior-quality people to be closest to you.
Leadership, Fall 1988, page 134