On Leadership: by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks


Lech Lecha(Genesis 12-17)

On Leadership: The Courage Not To Conform

Leaders lead. That does not mean to say that they don't follow. But what they follow is different from what most people follow. They don't conform for the sake of conforming. They don't do what others do merely because others are doing it. They follow an inner voice, a call. They have a vision, not of what is, but of what might be. They think outside the box. They march to a different tune.

Never was this more dramatically signalled than in the first words of God to Abraham, the words that set Jewish history in motion: "Leave your land, your birthplace and your father's house and go to the land that I will show you."

Why? Because people do conform. They adopt the standards and absorb the culture of the time and place in which they live - "your land." At a deeper level they are influenced by friends and neighbours - "your birthplace." More deeply still they are shaped by their parents and the family in which they grew up - "your father's house."

From Dr. Naomi: Our leaders should learn from Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks