Press: Jewish Lights; 1 edition (March 10, 2008)
Author Name:Laufer, Nathan/ Lieberman, Joseph I. (FRW)/ Hammer, Michael (CON)
The rich lessons of the Bible can be your leadership guidebook.
Successful leaders don't rely solely on natural charisma and organizational authority as their tickets to success.
Successful leadership is a learned art form and a developed discipline.
You can master the art of leadership by examining the pitfalls and achievements of past leaders and penetrating the stories of our cultural and religious heritage.
The Bible is the ultimate resource for learning by example: its stories of family relationships, political beginnings and even divine encounters provide valuable lessons about leading effectively.In this empowering guidebook, Nathan Laufer walks you through the stories at the very beginning of the Bible to examine the portraits of leadership success―and failure―they contain.
He reveals the life-affirming values that the Bible uses to measure its leaders beginning in the Garden of Eden; analyzes the ups and downs in Abraham’s, and later Joseph’s, leadership journeys; and scrutinizes the many challenges faced by Moses―and God―in the books of Exodus and Numbers.Laufer draws out from Bible stories the lessons we can use every day―lessons not only of exemplary leadership, but also of failing to lead, leading with no direction and leading in the wrong direction or to a destructive destination.
Through Laufer’s interpretive lenses, these ancient stories come alive to inform and inspire our leadership today and offer us direction for the future."Nathan Laufer helps us see the stories of the [Bible] in new ways, he turns them into universal paradigms that relate to situations we all face every day, and he distills his insights into practical and powerful guidelines.
There is no algorithm for leadership, no cookbook recipe, but it is hard to imagine a leader at any level of an enterprise whose capabilities will not be enhanced by studying this book."―from the Preface by Dr.
From the Inside Flap
We all know the Bible as a resource for spiritual growth and moral lessons.
But it can also be read as a profoundly instructive guide for leadership success in business, government and organizational life.
The Bible offers us many relevant examples of people who stepped up to lead and overcame the obstacles and hardships built into the leadership enterprise.
This insightful book identifies the important and readily applicable lessons in the stories of the Bible's first five books.
It highlights the: * Litmus tests of true leaders * Ten guiding principles for effective leadership * Eight recurring challenges that leaders face * Legacy of leadership succession Nathan Laufer fleshes out valuable examples that will resonate with anyone involved in corporate or organizational leadership today.
Find out which paths to take--and which to avoid--in these stories and more: * Authority and control: God, Adam and Eve * Heroes who fail to lead: Noah and the flood * Leaders are made, not born: The story of Abraham * Leadership by deceit: Jacob and Esau * The crucible of leadership: Joseph in Egypt * Leading change: The God and Moses leadership team
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Rabbi Nathan Laufer teaches and lectures across North America on issues of leadership.
He is founding director of PELIE: Partnership for Effective Learning and Innovative Education, a new national initiative to improve Jewish supplemental education throughout the United States.
He received his leadership educator certification from Harvard University's John F.
Kennedy School of Government and his Juris Doctor from the Fordham University School of Law.
He is also an ordained rabbi.Dr.
Michael Hammer, president, Hammer and Company, is author of four books, including the international bestseller Reengineering the Corporation, the most important business book of the 1990s.
His work has been featured in every major business publication.
His latest book is The Agenda: What Every Business Must Do to Dominate the Decade.Senator Joseph I.
Lieberman has been representing the people of Connecticut in the United States Senate for eighteen years.
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