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The Genesis of Leadership


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Foreword xi Preface xv Acknowledgments xix Introduction 1 Book I: In the Beginning ... : Relationships, Responsibility, and the Primacy of Values in Leadership 7 Book II: The Ten Guiding Principles of Leadership 83 Book III: The Challenges of Leadership 165 Book IV: The Legacy of Leadership 225 Conclusion 245 Notes 247 About the Author 261

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Rabbi Nathan Laufer teaches and lectures across North America on issues of leadership. He is founding director of PELIE: Partnership for Effective Learning and Innovative Education, a new national initiative to improve Jewish supplemental education throughout the United States. He received his leadership educator certification from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and his Juris Doctor from the Fordham University School of Law. He is also an ordained rabbi. Dr. Michael Hammer, president, Hammer and Company, is author of four books, including the international bestseller Reengineering the Corporation, the most important business book of the 1990s. His work has been featured in every major business publication. His latest book is The Agenda: What Every Business Must Do to Dominate the Decade. Senator Joseph I. Lieberman has been representing the people of Connecticut in the United States Senate for eighteen years.


"A practical and inspiring vision of what it means to lead.... Anyone in a position of leadership or who aspires to be should read this perceptive, refreshingly frank and clearly written book." -Dennis Prager, nationally syndicated talk-show host and author of Why the Jews? The Reason for Anti-Semitism "Educational, instructive, profoundly inspirational.... A must read on political science, organizational and administrative theory, and leadership development. Few have added more intellectual heft and originality to this topic. Helps us to rethink the struggle for leadership and its authentic realization in groundbreaking new ways." -Dr. Ellen Cannon, professor of political science and public policy at Northeastern Illinois University and CEO of Cannon Consulting Group "Draws connections and gleans insights that are unlikely to have occurred even to experienced students of leadership or of the Bible. A unique read that will leave readers thinking long after they've finished turning the last page." -Dr. Daniel Gordis, director of Mandel Leadership Institute "Draws masterful lessons from familiar stories.... Extends far beyond the functional; it illustrates the essentiality of values-based leadership. A must read for the leaders of our community and those aspiring to leadership positions." -Ambassador Dan Kurtzer, professor, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University; former U.S. ambassador to Egypt and Israel "A wealth of insights.... Provides genuine wisdom for which all engaged in the task of inspiring and directing a group or an organization will be grateful. An important book." -Rabbi David Ellenson, president, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion

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