What Went Wrong? Lessons in Leadership from Solomon, the Bible’s Wisest and Worst Ruler

Friedman, H. H. and Friedman, L. W. (2019). What Went Wrong? Lessons in Leadership from Solomon, the Bible's Wisest and Worst Ruler. Journal of Values-Based Leadership, 12(1), 1-20

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

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

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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: February 20, 2019

Abstract

This paper attempts to demonstrate the many insights about successful and unsuccessful leadership that may be derived from the life of King Solomon, who, according to Scripture, was the wisest man who ever lived. Solomon may have been very wise but made some very serious blunders as a leader that led to the breakup of his empire after his son took over. This paper answers the obvious question as to which mistake/character flaw transformed Solomon from a great leader to an unsuccessful leader. This paper will also examine the Book of Proverbs attributed to Solomon and see what leadership lessons can be gleaned from it. One question that the paper will attempt to answer is whether or not Solomon followed the path of wisdom discussed in Proverbs?

Keywords: Bible, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, King Solomon, Leadership, Narcissistic Leadership, Social Justice

JEL Classification: J50, M12, M14, M54

Suggested Citation

Friedman, Hershey H. and Friedman, Linda Weiser, What Went Wrong? Lessons in Leadership from Solomon, the Bible’s Wisest and Worst Ruler (February 20, 2019). Friedman, H. H. and Friedman, L. W. (2019). What Went Wrong? Lessons in Leadership from Solomon, the Bible's Wisest and Worst Ruler. Journal of Values-Based Leadership, 12(1), 1-20; Baruch College Zicklin School of Business Research Paper No. 2019-03-03. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3338662 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3338662

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Linda Weiser Friedman

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