Can an Omniscient God Be Fallible? Several Important Lessons about Leadership from an Extraordinary Midrash

19 Pages Posted: 21 Sep 2016

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Hershey H. Friedman

City University of New York - Department of Business Management

Date Written: September 18, 2016

Abstract

This paper examines a Midrash and shows that there are many important messages about leadership embedded in it. Superficially, the Midrash appears heretical since it has Moses correcting God; God even openly admits, “You have taught me something.” The key lessons are that leaders must be compassionate; humble; and have a willingness to listen, make changes, and admit to mistakes.

Keywords: Midrash, Storytelling, Compassionate Leadership, Servant Leadership, Hillel, Moses, God

JEL Classification: B11, D63, J78, K00, K40, M14, N00

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Hershey H., Can an Omniscient God Be Fallible? Several Important Lessons about Leadership from an Extraordinary Midrash (September 18, 2016). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2840510 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2840510

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