Is Greed Good? Lessons About Moral Leadership from Psalm 72

22 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2014

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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

Date Written: July 16, 2014

Abstract

There is a leadership crisis in the United States and much of the world. The United States currently trails 19 other countries in stability as measured by the Fragile States Index. Psalm 72 was written by King David as he approached death. David’s great accomplishment was establishing a powerful nation built on ethical monotheism, the United Kingdom of Israel. David knew that Solomon, his son, would be his successor. David’s heartfelt prayer for Solomon’s success is a message to all leaders, political as well as corporate. It is a reminder as to what leaders should strive for: righteousness, justice, integrity, and compassion for the weak. Leaders who are concerned with enriching themselves will end up destroying their organizations the way Solomon’s lavish lifestyle contributed to the destruction of the United Kingdom of Israel established by his father.

Keywords: Moral leadership, Fragile States Index, Bible, Psalms, Psalm 72, righteous person.

JEL Classification: J50, M12, M14, M54

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Hershey H. and Friedman, Linda Weiser, Is Greed Good? Lessons About Moral Leadership from Psalm 72 (July 16, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2467294 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2467294

Hershey H. Friedman (Contact Author)

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Linda Weiser Friedman

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