A Case of Executive Coaching in the Bible: Lessons in Managing, Staffing, Empowering, Giving and Receiving Feedback, and Managing Stress

By Ira J. Morrow.

Published by The Organization Collection

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In this paper, the famous Biblical story from the Book of Exodus of Jethro, the priest from Midian, and his son-in-law Moses, is carefully analyzed from a managerial rather than from a religious perspective. Jethro is viewed here as perhaps the earliest example in literature of an executive coach who provides insightful guidance in how to be an effective manager to his illustrious son-in-law Moses. Despite Moses’ impressive accomplishments and proven leadership abilities, he is apparently mismanaging the delivery of routine but essential day-to-day services to his people. Jethro seizes the opportunity to teach Moses valuable lessons in how to create a vertical chain of command to filter work and delegate decision-making, how to establish criteria for the selection of qualified staff, how to empower lower level managers, how to give and receive corrective feedback, how to make use of a team, and how to manage stress. Lessons are also derived from this story about the difference between leadership and management, and about the need to let go of one’s coach in order to achieve independence.

Keywords: Management Concepts, Management Lessons, Management Practices, Management Issues, Learning Management Concepts from the Bible, Textual Analysis

International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp.275-280. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 557.865KB).

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 in New York, NY, where he teaches MBA and undergraduate students from around the world. He served for twenty-five years as a 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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