First Lessons in Leadership: The Moses Model

6 Pages Posted: 10 Jan 2014

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Barbara Pfeffer Billauer

Institute of World Politics; International Program in Bioethics, U. of Porto; Foundation for Law and Science Centers, Inc.

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Billauer, Barbara P., First Lessons in Leadership: The Moses Model (2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2376406 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2376406

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