Looking to become a successful leader and communicator?

This is a guest post by Rabbi Michael Green. He is the overseas director of Sharfman’s/Bnot Torah and managing editor of NLE Resources. He tweets at @rabbigreen.

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Nowadays, there are many business books that you can read on this subject. However, my favorite piece of advice is found in a small ancient book of Jewish wisdom, called Ethics of the Fathers.

The first Mishna in the fourth chapter of Ethics of the Fathers teaches: Ben Zoma would say: Who is wise? One who learns from every man. As is stated (Psalms 119:99): “From all my teachers I have grown wise, for Your testimonials are my meditation.” Who is strong? One who overpowers his inclinations. As is stated (Proverbs 16:32), “Better one who is slow to anger than one with might, one who rules his spirit than the captor of a city.” Who is honorable? One who honors his fellows. As is stated (I Samuel 2:30): “For to those who honor me, I accord honor; those who scorn me shall be demeaned.”
Reading the above words is the easy part.

I encourage you to implement the above mentioned teachings into your daily life. I’m certain that you’ll notice how your new mindset will help you reach your goals at both a personal and professional level.