From Sanctuary to Boardroom: A Jewish Approach to Leadership

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2006 - Religion - 161 pages
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What does the Jewish tradition have to say about leadership? It is a central theme of Jewish history and a pressing concern for contemporary Jewish organizational life. From Sanctuary to Boardroom: A Jewish Approach to Leadership examines key Jewish texts on leadership and applies these concepts to today's issues associated with leading and managing organizations. Discussing subjects such as authority, charisma, uses and abuses of power, and shared power, the book offers an understanding of the key classical models of Jewish leadership, helps explicate these models in clear and communicative style, and translates these models into issues and questions which are the core of contemporary concern of existing and future Jewish leaders.
 

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Contents

A Nuanced Approach
7
Authorizing Power
25
Limiting Power
41
PowerSharing
57
Beyond the Great Man
75
Of Competence and Character
87
The Behaviors of Effective Leaders
111
Jewish Leadership for the Twentyfirst Century
139
A Final Reflection
147
Bibliography
151
Index
157
About the Author
161
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Hal M. Lewis is associate professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies and dean of public programming at Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago. An experienced organizational executive, he is the author of Models and Meanings in the History of Jewish Leadership and many essays on leadership and the contemporary Jewish community. More information can be found here.

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