Reimagining Leadership in Jewish Organizations

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 9/10/2012
  • Publisher: Jewish Lights Pub

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Practical and inspiring guidance for leading with more conviction, commitment and passion in a complex institutional world. For over one hundred years, the American Jewish community has built a remarkable network of institutions to help manage fundraising, education and social welfare initiatives. Virtually every one of these organizations is currently preoccupied with issues of leadership from succession planning to board development to conflict management. This urgent need for leadership guidance is occurring at the same time organizational life has come under question, with young leaders often claiming that established Jewish organizations are afraid of innovation and change. In this charged atmosphere, this book serves as a practical guidepost for lay and professional leaders to evaluate the current paradigm with insights from the world of business, psychology and research in Jewish demographics and sociology. Accessible and finely focused, it is supported by vignettes from the field that illustrate the successes of the lessons as well as the consequences of not implementing them.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgments: Why I Wrote This Bookp. xi
Introduction: Should You Lead?p. xv
Find the Right People, Even If It Takes Timep. 1
Nurture People Who Matterp. 17
Invest in Partnershipsp. 27
Don't Be Afraid to Push the Busp. 45
Vision Is Everythingp. 51
Work Quicklyp. 62
Take Risks and Make Mistakesp. 80
Find a Mentorp. 102
Zero In on What's Importantp. 118
Be Inspired, Stay Inspiredp. 128
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