The Story of Ruth and Boaz: A Paradigm for Today’s CEO

Shepperd Institute Journal of Practical Leadership, Vol. 6(1), 2012

8 Pages Posted: 6 Oct 2012 Last revised: 27 Oct 2012

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Hershey H. Friedman

City University of New York - Department of Business Management

Toby Birnbaum

Brooklyn College

Date Written: July 4, 2012

Abstract

The authors show how the Book of Ruth can be used to illustrate the ideal way to run a big organization. Boaz, one of the major characters in the story, is an affluent businessperson who demonstrates moral leadership in the way he runs his business. In particular, the kindness he demonstrates to Ruth, the Moabite stranger, provides an important lesson in how to treat people. Other lessons that can be derived from this story are discussed.

Keywords: Leadership, Moral Leadership, Diversity, Corporate Philanthropy, Boaz, Book of Ruth

JEL Classification: M12, M14, J50, M54

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Hershey H. and Birnbaum, Toby, The Story of Ruth and Boaz: A Paradigm for Today’s CEO (July 4, 2012). Shepperd Institute Journal of Practical Leadership, Vol. 6(1), 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2157247

Hershey H. Friedman (Contact Author)

City University of New York - Department of Business Management ( email )

Toby Birnbaum

Brooklyn College ( email )

2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210
United States

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