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
31 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2019 Last revised: 27 Mar 2019
Date Written: February 20, 2019
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
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