First Lessons in Leadership: The Moses Model
6 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2014
Date Written: 2013
The leadership journey of Moses begins with his flight from the palace after he smites an Egyptian who is beating a Hebrew. The first describing Moses reaction begins, "And he looked this way and that, and seeing no man about, he smote the Egyptian."
The verse "and he turned this way and that" would be sufficient to indict Moses for first degree murder. Yet, it also comes to teach us lessons of leadership. By parsing out the text, comparing it with Midrashic verses and psychological insight, lessons into key leadership traits can be readily distilled.
Keywords: leadership, leader, Moses, Egyptian, motive matters, moral imperative, premediated murder, homicide, courage of one's convictions, readiness to act, team work, timing, mishna, being a man
JEL Classification: B30, B31, B11, C72,K14, K42
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