Friday, January 01, 2016

And the Greatest Leader is....

The purpose of this blog is to lead an inspired Shabbat table.... Please print and share.
humble-leaderYesterday the following email came in:

I was just on your site searching for materials on leadership.
I was surprised not to find any . . .
Please lmk if you've got but just have not uploaded.

The site he is referring to is our teacher's resource site,, where one can download free lesson plans, handouts, and other materials on any subject loosely related to Judaism (including ethics, spirituality, history, philosophy etc.)

Alas, while we have many unique materials that you won't find on any other site anywhere, many of our materials have not yet been published, awaiting editing and formatting.

Indeed a brief search of our server turned up what he was aksking for - our 40-week course, "Lessons in Leadership" which teases out the leadership lesson of many chapters in the Torah.

I wrote that curriculum nearly three years ago when I was studying privately via Skype with someone who wanted and needed that approach. He wasn't interested in the religious parts of Judaism, nor the philosophical. But as a businessman, father and grandfather, becoming a wiser leader mattered to him.

Someone more recently suggested I lead such a course as a webinar, perhaps via Facebook....

What are your thoughts?

In the meantime, as we race towards the presidential primaries, this may be a good time to ask at your table the broad but meaningful question, What is your ideal of leadership? What qualities make the greatest leader?

It seems to me that this is a worthwhile question to ask every four years or so.

Maybe in the coming months, some readers of this email will join me in an exploration of what ancient Jewish wisdom has to say on the subject.

In the meantime,

Shabbat Shalom.


"We owe to the Jews…a system of ethics which, even if it were entirely separated from the supernatural, would be incomparably the most precious possession of mankind, worth in fact the fruits of all other wisdom and learning put together.”
(Winston Churchill, Illustrated Sunday Herald, February 8, 1920)

PS - Not a lot of time to read, but recently enjoyed Stephen MR Covey (jr)'s new book on leadership and the role of trust - highly recommended. Click here.

PPS - Notice how every mailing list you are (un)lucky enough to be on have bombarded you with end-of-2015 appeals? Notice how this list has not? We are contrarians here at JSL, and I hope you are too, believing that starting '16 on the right foot is even more important than scrambling at the end of '15. If so, please show your leadership instinct and click here to become a partner (or renew your partnership) in our inspiring educational mission.
Like this post? How about voting with your finger: Like it, tweet it, or just forward it.

No comments: