Emunah and Loyalty

Emunah means faithfulness, reliability, loyalty. It means not walking away from the other party when times are tough. It is a key covenantal virtue…. Those who are loyal to other people find that other people are loyal to them. Those who are disloyal are eventually distrusted and lose whatever authority they might once have had. Leadership without loyalty is not leadership. Skills alone cannot substitute for the moral qualities that make people follow those who demonstrate them. We follow those we trust, because they have acted so as to earn our trust. That was what made Moses the great leader Bilaam might have been but never was. Always be loyal to the people you lead.”

Leadership and Loyalty (Balak, Lessons in Leadership, Covenant & Conversation)