The Contrasting Leadership Roles of Ezra and Nehemiah Byline: Rabbi Hayyim Angel The book of Ezra-Nehemiah (viewed by Jewish tradition as a single book, to be called EN) chronicles some of the final episodes of the biblical era. 4 Key Leadership Components of Nehemiah 1. His story is not much different than ours. Of particular note is how Ezra calls upon the LORD to protect them as they carry valuables through dangerous places on the journey. Chapter 7 – King Artaxerxes authorizes the return of the second colony of Jews under the leadership of Ezra. Ezra/Nehemiah is about leadership. In each story, the one constant piece is hardship. He understood that a true vision must come from God. But this is a huge mistake. First, please note that resistance, hardship, and troubles will come. The Structure of Ezra & Nehemiah Instead, Nehemiah was a man who had a passion, who worked hard, prayed, encountered criticism and made difficult leadership decisions. Nehemiah. Life Lessons from Ezra and Nehemiah: Lessons in Leadership - Kindle edition by Lucado, Max. Rebuilding is difficult. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. And it allows me to make some observations that will lead to an application. That is, if you want to understand the biblical storyline on its own terms.. Much of the modern Christian tradition hasn’t really known what to do with the books of Ezra and Nehemiah. Pushing forward and making progress is hard work. Ezra knew that he had to have, as Peter Northouse explains in Leadership: Theory and Practice (2013), the right number and mix to have an effective team. Ezra and Nehemiah had different leadership styles but understood the importance of ethical leadership. Ezra Chapters 7 – 10. The book of Nehemiah demonstrates the indisputable role of Providence in leadership. A bstract: Nehemiah, whose role changed from that of royal cupbearer to governor of Judah, utilized multiple leadership strategies in accomplishing his goal of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Then, he went after it with all his heart. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Life Lessons from Ezra and Nehemiah: Lessons in Leadership. The Return to Zion and the rebuilding of the Temple lie at the heart of the first period in EN (538–516 B .C.E. Corporate and governmental organizations would benefit from incorporating spiritual, moral, and social justice into their core values rather than a pursuing a purely profit seeking model. Nehemiah was always asking God to provide a vision for him. While Nehemiah was the leader who first articulated the vision, the people confirmed the vision and committed themselves to the task. His work was accomplished through an active prayer life, providing a vision to his followers, using his closeness to King Artaxerxes to receive help, role modeling, adaptability, and foresight. ). This is seen in both the lives of Nehemiah and his contemporary, Ezra. The Book of Nehemiah covers a period of at least twenty years, from December, 445 B.C., to about 425 B.C., when Nehemiah returned from Babylon to cleanse Jerusalem and the province of various evils that had crept in during his absence since 432 B.C. Corporate and governmental organizations would benefit from incorporating spiritual, moral, and social justice into their core values rather than a pursuing a purely profit seeking model. Nehemiah was a regular guy who caught a divine glimpse of what could and should be. As A.D. Clarke confirms in his biblical theology of leadership, “Leadership in the Bible is framed within the overarching context of divine sovereignty.” These Are Not Leadership Guides. 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