Lessons in Leadership
A Weekly Reading of the Jewish Bible
Don’t ever think that leaders are different from the rest of us. They aren’t… What distinguishes a leader from a non-leader is not position or office or role but rather a basic attitude to life. Others wait for something to happen; leaders help make something happen. While others curse the darkness, a leader lights a light.
Was Noah a leader of his generation? Why does Abraham’s mission begin with an abandonment of all he knows? What made Joseph into the powerful ruler of Egypt? Who were the great female leaders of the Israelite people? And how does Moses turn a tribe of slaves into a kingdom of priests and a holy nation?
In this companion volume to his celebrated series Covenant & Conversation, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks mines the weekly Torah portions for insights into the nature of power, authority, and leadership. Based on the understanding that no man is born a leader, the book explores the principles, and perils, of becoming one. Profound, eloquent, and deeply inspiring, Lessons in Leadership reveals the biblical secrets of influence, as relevant now as they were three thousand years ago.