Laying down the law - Moses

An unlikely management guru, that's true. But business leaders can find inspiration in the most inappropriate places.

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Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

An unlikely management guru, that's true. But business leaders can find inspiration in the most inappropriate places, so, why not the Good Book? As a chief executive, you must be seen to do the right thing. You must lead by example. But steering one's employees through the perilous world of business can cause sleepless nights. Moses' wise words, embodied in the civil laws found in the Book of Exodus, could provide the guidance you're looking for - but don't get the wrong idea. Turning up to work with a staff in one hand and two stone tablets in the other is probably not the answer, but advocating Moses' moral laws could be. It helped him to keep his flock from straying. 'Thou shalt not raise a false report,' he said. This doesn't refer to the fiddling of budget figures - it means don't create malicious gossip about colleagues. And for your own benefit: 'Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of thy people.' For once, why not encourage the moral high ground?

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