Being a Forgiving Person and Not Holding Grudges: An Overlooked Leadership Trait

15 Pages Posted: 19 Jun 2017

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Hershey H. Friedman

City University of New York - Department of Business Management

Date Written: June 18, 2017

Abstract

This paper examines a trait referred to in the Talmud as ma’avir al midosav which in effect means having a forgiving nature and not holding a grudge. The Talmud promises that a person with this trait will also be forgiven by God for his sins. In addition, the person is assured of a long life. It is an especially important trait for a leader. Unfortunately, many leaders hold grudges and take advantage of their position to even the score.

Keywords: Forgiveness, Talmud, ma’avir al midosav, Haman, Joseph, The Lord’s Prayer

JEL Classification: M12, M14, M19, M31, M54, J50, A22, A23, D81, G18, G21, I20, L20, L21, Q20, Q38

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Hershey H., Being a Forgiving Person and Not Holding Grudges: An Overlooked Leadership Trait (June 18, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2988691 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2988691

Hershey H. Friedman (Contact Author)

City University of New York - Department of Business Management ( email )

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