Moral Leadership: Ancient Lessons for Modern Times

Journal of College and Character, Vol. 2(11), DOI: 10.2202/1940-1639.1303, 2001

15 Pages Posted: 11 Jan 2017 Last revised: 18 Apr 2018

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Hershey H. Friedman

City University of New York - Department of Business Management

Date Written: November 1, 2001

Abstract

The Bible does not hide mistakes made by great people. This makes it an extremely valuable text for teaching moral character. In fact, the lessons learned from mistakes often provide a more lasting and powerful impact than those learned from doing things right. These lessons are not only valuable for individuals in positions of leadership but all people who wish to improve their character. Stories of the following Biblical personalities are examined: Jacob, Joseph, Balaam, Samson, Saul, David, Solomon, and Haman. This examination indicates that the purpose of leadership is not fame, power, fortune, or settling old scores, but to lead people with truth and righteousness. Leaders must be ethical and should not cover up injustices, even on the part of loved ones.

Keywords: Leadership, Bible, Moral Leadership, Ethical Leadership

JEL Classification: J50, M12, M14, M54

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Hershey H., Moral Leadership: Ancient Lessons for Modern Times (November 1, 2001). Journal of College and Character, Vol. 2(11), DOI: 10.2202/1940-1639.1303, 2001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2896238

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