Redemption, Forgiveness, and Resilience: Timeless Leadership Lessons From the Biblical Story of Judah

28 Pages Posted: 11 Jul 2013

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Toby Birnbaum

Brooklyn College

Hershey H. Friedman

City University of New York - Department of Business Management

Date Written: July 10, 2013

Abstract

A number of leaders have been able to bounce back from major scandals. These include such political personalities as Barney Frank, Bill Clinton, David Vitter, and Mark Sanford. Clearly, a big scandal does not have to result in the end of one’s career. Currently, two well-known disgraced New York politicians – Elliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner – are telling the electorate that their public humiliation has changed them and made them better people. This paper examines the story of Judah in the Book of Genesis to derive important lessons relating to leadership. Many leaders make huge blunders in their careers; some leaders manage to make a comeback after a huge setback, while others disappear. Judah made severe mistakes in his life yet managed to emerge as an important leader. A key lesson derived from the noteworthy life of Judah is the importance of being resilient, learning to be remorseful, and having the ability to change as circumstances change.

Keywords: leadership, resilient leadership, biblical leaders, Judah, Bible

JEL Classification: M12, M14, M19, M31, M54, J50, A22, A23, D81, G18, G21, I20, L20, L21, Q20, Q38

Suggested Citation

Birnbaum, Toby and Friedman, Hershey H., Redemption, Forgiveness, and Resilience: Timeless Leadership Lessons From the Biblical Story of Judah (July 10, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2292254 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2292254

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Hershey H. Friedman

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

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