'An Understanding Heart to Judge Your People': The View of Successful Leadership in the Hebrew Bible

Friedman, Hershey H., Friedman, L. W., and Fireworker, R. B. (2006). 'An Understanding Heart to Judge Your People': The View of Successful Leadership in the Hebrew Bible, John Ben Shepperd Journal of Practical Leadership, Spring 2006, 1(1), 103-117.

15 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2013

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Hershey H. Friedman

City University of New York - Department of Business Management

Linda Weiser Friedman

Baruch College, CUNY - Zicklin School of Business; CUNY - The Graduate Center

Robert Fireworker

St. John’s University

Date Written: April 1, 06

Abstract

The Bible is replete with stories of leaders, some successful and some unsuccessful. This paper examines the characteristics and behaviors of successful Biblical leaders and demonstrates how leaders of today should behave if they desire to be effective. The predominant characteristics of the successful Biblical leaders are: vision, courage, compassion, a sense of justice, humility, and adaptability. Some of the guiding behaviors and activities of the successful Biblical leaders include: seeking advice and counsel; knowing how to negotiate and compromise; being ready and willing to make sacrifices for one's vision and a history of such sacrifices; engaging in activities that are daring, different, and unexpected; and choosing a successor.

Keywords: biblical leadership, leadership, vision, Abraham, Moses, Samson, David

JEL Classification: M12, M14, J50, M54

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Hershey H. and Friedman, Linda Weiser and Fireworker, Robert, 'An Understanding Heart to Judge Your People': The View of Successful Leadership in the Hebrew Bible (April 1, 06). Friedman, Hershey H., Friedman, L. W., and Fireworker, R. B. (2006). 'An Understanding Heart to Judge Your People': The View of Successful Leadership in the Hebrew Bible, John Ben Shepperd Journal of Practical Leadership, Spring 2006, 1(1), 103-117. . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2339613

Hershey H. Friedman (Contact Author)

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

Linda Weiser Friedman

Baruch College, CUNY - Zicklin School of Business ( email )

17 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10010
United States

HOME PAGE: http://cisnet.baruch.cuny.edu/friedman/

CUNY - The Graduate Center

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New York,, NY 10016
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Robert Fireworker

St. John’s University ( email )

499, Sec. 4, Tam King Road
Tamsui District
New Taipei City, Taiwan 25135
Taiwan

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