What role does humility have in good leadership? Although we may think a good leader is someone who is bold, decisive and ultra-confident, Hal M. Lewis argues that the best leaders are often also the most humbl... e. Using a variety of sources from both Jewish tradition and contemporary management strategy, Lewis illustrates how humble leaders have reached amazing achievements. In doing so, Lewis carves out a more nuanced definition of humility that can guide us into successful Jewish leadership in the 21st century.See lessSee more
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Recommended for ages 9+ Hal M. Lewis and Stu Sufrin Humility, is it the most important quality for Jewish leaders to embody in the 21st Century? While the worlds of business and sports may reward heavy-handed authority and even arrogance, Dr. Hal M.
The Idea in Brief Out of 1,435 Fortune 500 companies that renowned management researcher Jim Collins studied, only 11 achieved and sustained greatness-garnering stock returns at least three times the market's-for 15 years after a major transition period. What did these 11 companies have in common?
I've been part of a dozen Jewish leadership initiatives. Some have been excellent, others were gigantic wastes of time and money. But I wonder if we should move beyond "leadership" in the Jewish community, to value those idiosyncratic and introverted traits that don't make for good leaders, traits that leaders themselves may not possess.** Recently I came across the following excerpt from the book, "How To Be Alone," by Sara Maitland.
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Hal M. Lewis is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Spertus Institute. Previously, he held positions as Spertus' Chief Operating Officer and Dean of Continuing Education. In addition, he holds a faculty appointment as Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at Spertus, where he earned his Doctor of Jewish Studies degree. Dr. Lewis is a recognized authority on leadership and has published widely on the subject in both the popular press and scholarly journals. He has lectured at universities from Brandeis University to the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is a popular scholar-in-residence for congregations and communal organizations. Before coming to Spertus, Dr. Lewis served as the President and CEO of the Columbus Jewish Federation, the executive director of a major synagogue in Cincinnati and the executive director of the American Sephardi Federation in New York. He has taught at the University of Cincinnati and in the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School.