Share leadership. Leadership is not the role of one person, but is an activity in which all can participate. All leaders are members and all members can be leaders.

The Leadership Ten Commandments

By Dr. Daniel Thursz

1. Know thyself as a human being, in relationship to others and as a Jew.
2. Have a vision. Identify with the objectives of the organization you lead, both short- and long-term goals.
3. Care about others. Every person is sacred and is not to be exploited. Learn to listen and to empathize with others.
4. Lead by example. Never ask someone to do something you are not ready to do yourself, and demonstrate this readiness.
5. Sacrifice your self-interest for the sake of the program. Being a leader means occasionally giving up a personal pleasure or comfort.
6. Avoid “macheritis.” Do not make status the key concept in your life. Develop a degree of humility.
7. Try to deal with people openly and honestly. Do not complain behind their backs, but rather confront them and risk hostility in developing a relationship of trust.
8. Be enthusiastic. Do not allow your own problems to infect the group. You can never lead others with a complaining or self-pitying stance.
9. Be a walking encyclopedia of options. Do not suggest one way of doing things, but have a lot of options from which others can feel free to choose.
10. Share leadership. Leadership is not the role of one person, but is an activity in which all can participate. All leaders are members and all members can be leaders.

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