Becoming the leaders we were meant to be

How can we most effectively inspire our children, grandchildren and those closest to us? How do we pass on values, messages and ideals in a way that engages others and unites them towards achieving a task or goal?

This week we will read about Moshe’s plea to G-d to not leave the people without a successor: “May Hashem, G-d of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the assembly. Who will go out before them and come in before them.. and let the assembly of Hashem not be like sheep that have no shepherd” (Bamidbar 27: 16,17). 

Interestingly, Moshe’s choice of words reveals what he considers to be the most important quality for a leader of people – to lead by example. The next leader would need to “go out before them” and “come in before them”. This type of person doesn’t issue proclamations, statements or fiery speeches and expect others to do the work for them. They don’t bark orders from the safety of the sidelines while watching their subordinates take on the adversary. Rather they, themselves, go out in front and get their hands dirty in achieving the work. They are the embodiment of their mission and their own actions attest to this.  

This week’s Parasha encourages us to ask ourselves: Who are those we seek to inspire and are we the living example of our message??

Wishing you all an empowering Shabbat,

Rabbi Yossi and Chana Raisel Friedman