Lessons in Selection, Promotion, Fear of Failure, Negotiation, Teamwork and Leadership: The Case of Moses

By Ira J. Morrow.

Published by The Organization Collection

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In this paper the author carefully analyzes the biblical text which describes the strange and fascinating account of the selection and charge of Moses to undertake an important mission. The author approaches the text from a managerial rather than a religious perspective to see what lessons can be derived that might have application and relevance for managers of contemporary organizations. The paper treats Moses’ charge to free his people from bondage as a job offer and promotion, and examines why the offer was initially rejected by the candidate. Themes that are examined in the paper include the importance of clarifying authority for leaders, the importance of communication skills in the case, how teamwork is arranged to compensate for Moses’ own perceived shortcomings, and how Moses gives notice to his current employer. The paper takes a careful look at Moses’ negotiation skills, and at the importance of carefully matching the man to the mission. Additional lessons in leadership and management are examined throughout the paper.

Keywords: Lessons in Leadership and Management, Communication, Selection and Promotion, Negotiation, Teamwork, Human Imperfection and Greatness Organizational Wisdom

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp.115-124. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 609.473KB).

Dr. Ira J. Morrow

Associate Professor of Management, The Lubin School of Business, Pace University, New York, New York, USA

Dr. Ira Morrow holds a Ph.D. degree in industrial-organizational psychology from New York University. He has served for many years on the management faculty of Pace University’s Lubin School of Business where he teaches MBA and undergraduate students from around the world. Additionally, he has served for twenty-five years as human resources consultant for organizations in the profit and not-for-profit sectors. He has published in the areas of leadership, communication, and performance assessment, and serves as a frequent book reviewer for the journal Personnel Psychology. He also served as a Visiting Professor at IBM’s International Finance, Planning, and Administration School.


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