We Need Leadership, Not Leaders

By Richard Hirsh

Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media), April 2004

Hirsh calls for fewer leaders and more leadership. Leadership, as argued by Ronald Heifetz, is the ability to mobilize people to tap their collective resources in order to respond to the daily challenges, small and large, of keeping a system moving forward in a healthy way. Leadership is evidenced in the ability to get people to see the issues they face and to bring competing viewpoints into play; in the creating of a safe and sustained conversation where issues can be addressed; and in helping people understand that it is the shared meaning created in community, rather than in the insatiable individual happiness of each member, by which a congregation should evaluate itself.

Topic: Congregations and Synagogues, Professionalism, Non-Professional Leadership, Lay Leadership, Leadership, Community Building, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas

Editor: Berrin, Susan

Volume/Issue: Vol.34/no.610

Page Number(s): 6-7

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Hirsh, Richard. We Need Leadership, Not Leaders. Sh'ma: A Journal of Jewish Ideas. Jewish Family & Life (JFL Media). April 2004: 6-7. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=7243


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