#80 Jewish Leadership: Courage, Determination & Activism

#80 Jewish Leadership: Courage, Determination & Activism

In this lesson you will study the Jewish perspective on Leadership. You will learn about three important qualities of a leader: courage, determination, and activism. Judaism has a rich heritage of leadership and there are many types of leaders. Some leaders are out in front and in the spotlight, while other leaders are quiet and work from the inside out. As you study examples of leaders from the Torah and Jewish tradition, you will begin to form your own understanding of what Leadership means to you and what type of leader you would like to be in the world.

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#1 “LEADERSHIP” a definition.

A leader is the inspiration and director of the action. He or she is the person that possesses the combination of personality and motivational skills that makes others want to follow his or her direction and to accomplish goals. Three qualities of a leader are courage, determination, and activism.

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#2. COURAGE. From the Inside out.

In Hebrew, the word for courage is “ometz lev” – strength of the heart. It’s more than just your actual heart, it’s the source of your strength and your inner power. Courage is the ability to do something in the face of pain or fear. It’s like being brave.

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#3. WATCH this Courageous Story

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#4 DETERMINATION. Do you have it? Good quotes!

Determination is doing what needs to be done even when you don’t feel like doing it.”

“Do not underestimate the determination of a quiet man.”

“The difference between the possible and the impossible lies within a person’s determination”

So . . . . what does this all mean?

 

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#5: Leadership with Quiet Determination 

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#6 ACTIVISM. “TIKKUN OLAM” IS THE JEWISH IDEA OF CHANGING THE WORLD. 

“You’re never too young to change the world.”

“You cannot make positive change in the world until you take responsibility for it, until you see yourself as being responsible for changing it positively.”

“I’m no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.”

 

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#7 RESPOND AND REACT

  1. What is the definition of Leadership?
  2. How would you explain courage to a friend?
  3. What is determination? How do you express your determination?
  4. What is the Hebrew phrase for “change the world?”
  5. What type of leader are you?

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