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Reply To: After taking this course, in your own words, please define Hebraic leadership and what it means to you.

Sofia Piecuch

Hebraic leadership is a leadership model follows a singular “map.” Hebraic leaders understand that there are human and spiritual dimensions to decisions and to conflicts. This means that the leader’s approach calls for action at times, prayer and contemplation at other times, and often a mix of both. The leader understands that perfect justice is impossible on Earth, but this does not mean that he/she must shy away from having and using power. Power is a neutral tool to move our world towards our best attempts at “proximate” justice. Hebraic leaders prioritize community and spiritual nourishment. They are comfortable with complexity, understanding that cultures and societies function differently. These leaders value authentic pluralism, which gives humans the freedom to seek the truth.

I enjoyed learning about Hebraic leadership because it included elements that are not often considered when discussing leadership. One is the importance of valuing culture and understanding complexity, which I think are especially important if one wishes to be a leader on the world stage. The other aspect is the contemplative side of a leader; he or she is not a machine who gets things done, but a person who knows where they are going and how to treat others with dignity.