In a world where there is a vacuum of leadership and misunderstanding, it's refreshing to find new approaches that are useful in both our personal and professional lives. Enter Paul Ohana and David Arnow, whose book Leadership in the Bible: A Practical Guide for Today finds modern strategies in the lessons of an ancient text. Ohana, a management consultant, and Arnow, a clinical psychologist, use research from their respective fields to draw fresh and practical conclusions from many of the bible's most well-known stories. Using text from the Old Testament as a starting point, the authors address many challenges of business, such as: project launches, communication, crisis prevention and management, and the achievement of goals and results. Leadership principles play a role in all of our endeavors, and Leadership in the Bible is a worthwhile read for anyone looking to strengthen their skills or alter their approach. Ohana and Arnow find modern relevancy in age-old accounts, and their methods are accessible to everyone, no matter their religious affiliation or familiarity with the Bible. And, with plans to examine other religious texts such as the New Testament and the Quran through the same format, we can continue to harness the wisdom and power of what has come before, and transform our daily lives from ordinary to extraordinary.
"A management consultant and a psychologist look at the Bible, and they see things in it that most of us would never notice... Businessmen who have never studied the Bible seriously and students of the Bible who have never thought much about business will both learn much valuable information and will both gain new perspectives on their work from this book." —Reviewed in the South Florida Jewish Journal and Jewish News Service
"Kudos to Paul Ohana and David Arnow for their book about the Bible and its leadership lessons for business executives. Their insights and wisdom will benefit all of us in management who constantly struggle to properly exercise our obligations to our stakeholders."—Larry Zicklin, Clinical Professor at Stern School of Business at New York University and former Chairman of the Board, Neuberger Berman
"Paul Ohana and David Arnow have taken a completely unique look at leadership. The scholarly and appealing nature of this book is intriguing - and combines the talents of good researching, as well as compelling storytelling. I read it cover to cover - like a novel - which is pretty unique for a business and leadership book! A really good read." —Larraine Segil, author of Intelligent Business Alliances (Random House) and Belonging, a novel (Penguin Dutton Books)
"Arnow and Ohana have put the Hebrew Bible back in business. Through their insightful and creative readings, they distill a 'spiritual business model' for the 21st Century. Leadership in the Bible recasts the classic stories now as quick studies for anyone trying to earn a living while remaining religiously alive. This is a very wise text." —Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, the Emanu-El Scholar at Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco. He is the author of books on spirituality, Judaism and Kabbalah
“I saw firsthand how Mother Teresa found inspiration in the Bible, as she lead one of the greatest humanitarian organizations the world has ever seen. In their insightful book, Paul Ohana and David Arnow show how, like Mother Teresa, every leader can benefit from tried and tested biblical principles.” —Ruma Bose, Author Mother Teresa
"Who would have thought that management consultant and a psychologist/Bible scholar could read the Good Book together and emerge with so many new insights, interpretations, and business applications?! That is exactly what Ohana and Arnow have done. I was skeptical at the outset, but after reading the first episode about the leadership lessons to be learned from the creation of the world, a chapter ingeniously entitled "Getting Off to a Good Start," I could not put the book down. These two writers “marry" the fields of business know how and Bible scholarship. The result is an eminently readable, highly engaging volume that speaks to people of all faiths, in all walks of life. Not a chore to read but a privilege. It is so refreshingly different and smart" —Professor Judith Hauptman, Professor of Talmud, Jewish Theological Seminary
"The Bible is meant to be taken seriously—as sacred text that can speak to us today. Ohana and Arnow demonstrate how to do this. Familiar stories become the basis for analyzing effective decision making at home or work. Read this book to reconsider the meaning of the Bible, and to rethink your relationships, business strategies and approaches to management. A lively, engaging tour through the Bible. This was great to read! --Rabbi Elie Kaunfer is co-founder and executive director of Mechon Hadar