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Preface Acknowledgments Introduction: Leading and Meaning 1. Guilt and Pleasure: Putting the Jewish in Jewish Leadership 2. Defining Leadership 3. Who Are We Leading? Age, Ethnicity, and Community 4. Vision and Mentoring 5. Authentic Leadership 6. The Optimistic Leader 7. Leading for Transformation 8. Nurturing Women's Leadership 9. Jewish Leadership and Conflict Resolution 10. Ethical Leadership 11. Changing the World, Changing Ourselves: A Crash Course on Change Management 12. Creating Meaningful Board Service 13. Who's Next? Effective Succession Planning Appendix 1: Twenty-five Questions a Jewish Leader Should Ask Appendix 2: Leadership Exercises Notes Suggestions for Further Reading

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Dr. Erica Brown, an inspiring writer and educator, is scholar-in-residence for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. She consults for the Jewish Agency and other Jewish non-profits, and is a faculty member of the Wexner Foundation. She is an Avi Chai Fellow, winner of the Ted Farber Professional Excellence Award, and the recipient of a Covenant Award for her work in education. She is author of Confronting Scandal: How Jews Can Respond When Jews Do Bad Things; Inspired Jewish Leadership: Practical Approaches to Building Strong Communities, a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, and Spiritual Boredom: Rediscovering the Wonder of Judaism and coauthor of The Case for Jewish Peoplehood: Can We Be One? (all Jewish Lights). She contributed to We Have Sinned: Sin and Confession in Judaism-Ashamnu and Al Chet, Who by Fire, Who by Water-Un'taneh Tokef and All These Vows-Kol Nidre (all Jewish Lights). She lectures widely on subjects of Jewish interest and leadership. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, and can be reached at


"Insists that our community can nurture leaders for this generation and beyond; practical, grounded insights inspire hope and confidence that we need not despair of infinite and endless wandering in the midbar of modern living." -Jeff Swartz, CEO, Timberland Company "Passionate and inspired ... takes the choicest wisdom from Jewish and business texts, and applies it to the day-to-day challenges of Jewish organizational life. Everyone in Jewish leadership-professionals, students, and volunteers-should read and master this volume." -Jonathan D. Sarna, director, Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program, Brandeis University "Lucid, appealing, brilliant ... should be required reading for those concerned with Jewish communal life today and tomorrow.... Touches the heart as well as the mind." -Sylvia Barack Fishman, professor of contemporary Jewish life, Brandeis University; author, The Way Into the Varieties of Jewishness "Deeply rooted in Jewish vision and dreams, learning and literature, optimism and the possibility of transformational leadership. This book will become the basic textbook on leadership training in the Jewish community." -Barry Shrage, president, Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston "Accessible.... Offers a range of helpful ideas about leading Jewish organizations today." -Shulamit Reinharz, Jacob Potofsky Professor of Sociology, Brandeis University; founding director, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute

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