ANCIENT WISDOM FOR MODERN MANAGEMENT. SEVERAL IMPORTANT LESSONS ABOUT LEADERSHIP FROM JUDAISM

Authors

  • Hershey Friedman Brooklyn College of the City University of New York
  • Iulian Warter Center for Socio-Economic Studies and Multiculturalism, Iasi, Romania
  • Liviu Warter Center for Socio-Economic Studies and Multiculturalism, Iasi, Romania

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.35478/jime.2018.1.07

Keywords:

leadership, management, storytelling, intercultural management, Judaism

Abstract

This paper examines an ancient commentary on part of the Hebrew scriptures, attached to the biblical text and shows that there are many important messages about leadership embedded in it. This paper intends to answer a few questions: “Is Judaism connected to modern management?”, “What lesson does the storyteller impart to his audience?”, “What does Judaism teach us about leadership?”, What is the impact of intercultural contexts in management and leadership?”, “What is the difference between hearing and listening?”, and “What is the nature of leaders?”. The key lessons are that leaders must be compassionate; humble; and have a willingness to listen, make changes, and admit to mistakes. Competent leaders should have full command of the main areas of the leadership elements, and should be able to use each of these elements according to the requirements of the case. This paper also examines the influence of compassionate leadership and servant leadership on productivity and profitability.

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Published

2018-03-31

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