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
Date Written: November 1, 2001
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
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