Inspired Jewish Leadership: Practical Approaches to Building Strong Communities

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Help sustain the Jewish tradition’s legacy of community leadership by building strong leaders today.

“Great Jewish leadership has helped us survive slavery, guided us to the Promised Land, given us hope through exile and oppression, helped us enjoy membership in a nation of overachievers, and given birth to the State of Israel. Great Jewish leadership generates vision and, as a result, followers. It inspires us and helps us to stretch higher, see farther, and reach deeper.”
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Overview

Help sustain the Jewish tradition’s legacy of community leadership by building strong leaders today.

“Great Jewish leadership has helped us survive slavery, guided us to the Promised Land, given us hope through exile and oppression, helped us enjoy membership in a nation of overachievers, and given birth to the State of Israel. Great Jewish leadership generates vision and, as a result, followers. It inspires us and helps us to stretch higher, see farther, and reach deeper.”
—from the Introduction

Drawing on the past and looking to the future, this practical guide provides the tools you need to work through important contemporary leadership issues. It takes a broad look at positions of leadership in the modern Jewish community and the qualities and skills you need in order to succeed in these positions. Real-life anecdotes, interviews, and dialogue stimulate thinking about board development, ethical leadership, conflict resolution, change management, and effective succession planning.

Whether you are a professional or a volunteer, are looking to develop your own personal leadership skills or are part of a group, this inspiring book provides information, interactive exercises, and questions for reflection to help you define leadership styles and theories, expose common myths, and coach others on the importance of leading with meaning.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580233613
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 785,053
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Erica Brown, an inspiring writer and educator, is scholar-in-residence for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. She consults for the Jewish Agency and other Jewish non-profits, and is a faculty member of the Wexner Foundation. She is an Avi Chai Fellow, winner of the Ted Farber Professional Excellence Award, and the recipient of a Covenant Award for her work in education. She is author of Confronting Scandal: How Jews Can Respond When Jews Do Bad Things; Inspired Jewish Leadership: Practical Approaches to Building Strong Communities, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, and Spiritual Boredom: Rediscovering the Wonder of Judaism; and co-author of The Case for Jewish Peoplehood: Can We Be One? (all Jewish Lights). She contributed to We Have Sinned: Sin and Confession in Judaism—Ashamnu and Al Chet, Who by Fire, Who by Water—Un'taneh Tokef and All These Vows—Kol Nidre (both Jewish Lights). She lectures widely on subjects of Jewish interest and leadership. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband and four children, and can be reached at www.EricaBrown.com.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix Acknowledgments xi Introduction: Leading and Meaning 1 1. Guilt and Pleasure: Putting the Jewish in Jewish Leadership 17 2. Defining Leadership 31 3. Who Are We Leading? Age, Ethnicity, and Community 43 4. Vision and Mentoring 57 5. Authentic Leadership 75 6. The Optimistic Leader 87 7. Leading for Transformation 97 vii 8. Nurturing Women's Leadership 107 9. Jewish Leadership and Conflict Resolution 117 10. Ethical Leadership 139 11. Changing the World, Changing Ourselves: A Crash Course on Change Management 151 12. Creating Meaningful Board Service 169 13. Who’s Next? Effective Succession Planning 191 Appendix 1: Twenty-five Questions a Jewish Leader Should Ask 203 Appendix 2: Leadership Exercises 205 Notes 217 Suggestions for Further Reading 227

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  • Posted December 31, 2008

    Outstanding and Engaging Resource

    This book is simply outstanding.<BR/><BR/>Dr. Brown brilliantly outlines how great leadership entails the ability to inspire values and generate conversations about what is truly important. Each chapter is infused with real-life situations that make us think more deeply about the importance of strong communal leadership. So many of the situations Dr. Brown writes about really resonated with me and the leadership challenges I face. Dr. Brown makes this book so very relatable and infuses each chapter with humor, wit and insights. It is a perfect combination of how biblical texts, Jewish wisdom, values and history inform leadership and management strategies <BR/><BR/> <BR/><BR/>I would strongly recommend this book as an invaluable resource to anyone working as a leader ¿ either as a volunteer or professional ¿ in a nonprofit organization. I found the exercises to be extremely useful in discovering my own strengths and gauging where I need to learn more. Given these times of financial uncertainty, leadership in every Jewish community throughout the country needs to be equipped with the human resources to sustain our communities and make them strong. This book provides the tool for just that. It needs to be on the bookshelves of everyone currently in or considering taking on a leadership role in their organization.<BR/><BR/>Buy this book!

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