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Leadership in the Wilderness: Authority and Anarchy in the Book of Numbers

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Confidently navigating the ancient wilderness, master educator Erica Brown guides readers through the tumultuous events of the book of Numbers in search of the key to successful leadership. How might a leader overcome unrest? How to contend with external challenges and internal doubts? And how to rekindle the faith of a people who have all but given up? Bringing together B ...more
Hardcover, 274 pages
Published May 1st 2013 by Maggid
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Eric
May 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I figured this would be an excellent time to read Erica Brown's recent book, as we head into the Midbar

This was one of the most enticing, inspiring and enlightening leadership books I have ever read. It is, in my humble opinion, a brilliant commentary of Numbers, which I will never read again in the same way!
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Jaz Twersky
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I found the book's scholarship engaging, drawing on a richness of both Jewish and secular sources to buttress its points. It's more of a leadership manual that's just drawing on the book of Numbers than I expected. Some of the chapters are stronger than others - I'm not convinced by the chapter about the need for good followers, for instance. But I found it thought-provoking nevertheless, and a good launching point. ...more
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Oct 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Leadership in the Wilderness: Authority and Anarchy in the Book of Numbers

Erica Brown has established herself as a leading educator, thinker, and leadership consultant for the Jewish community. In this book she draws on all of those areas of expertise to present a thoughtful and complex work. Brown’s erudition and access to a wide range of literature – from midrash to Erich Fromm to Jim Collins – are eloquently woven into a tapestry of depth, wisdom and insight, sometimes with the quality of an
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Stephen
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an informative and thought provoking book. Brown brings to light many leadership dilemnas faced by Moses and his followers during their time in the desert and integrates many relevant leadership theories and ideas into the analysis of these events. One walks away from this book with an appreciation for the subtleties of leadership as well as a deeper awareness of the ambiguity and tumult faced by good, effective leaders throughout history. Ultimately, leaders risk the most and often do n ...more
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