Even Great Leaders Make Mistakes: Learning Leadership from Moses

Friedman, H. H. and Friedman, L. W. (2018). Even great leaders make mistakes: Learning leadership from Moses. Journal of Leadership and Management, 2018, 13(3).

Baruch College Zicklin School of Business Research Paper No. 2019-03-02

32 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2019 Last revised: 27 Mar 2019

See all articles by Hershey H. Friedman

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: 2018

Abstract

This paper examines mistakes in leadership that were made by Moses, arguably one of the most outstanding leaders of all time. The Bible considers him to be the greatest prophet and a man of boundless humility; secular and contemporary moral leaders seek to be compared to the iconic lawgiver. However, Moses was, to some degree, a failed leader. Moses was unable to take the psychological needs of his flock into consideration and was reactive rather than proactive when handling a crisis. The Bible indicates that he was punished harshly, leaving his mission to be completed by Joshua, his protégé and successor. The authors use the leadership failures of Moses to derive lessons for today’s leaders.

Keywords: Moses, Joshua, Biblical Leadership, Servant Leader, Spiritual Leader, Leadership Failure

JEL Classification: J50, M12, M14, M54

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Hershey H. and Friedman, Linda Weiser, Even Great Leaders Make Mistakes: Learning Leadership from Moses (2018). Friedman, H. H. and Friedman, L. W. (2018). Even great leaders make mistakes: Learning leadership from Moses. Journal of Leadership and Management, 2018, 13(3). ; Baruch College Zicklin School of Business Research Paper No. 2019-03-02. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3338569

Hershey H. Friedman (Contact Author)

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

Linda Weiser Friedman

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