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Being chosen to lead is both a great commitment and a great responsibility. It is not simple, but it is critical.

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Former Israeli Air Force Commander, Gen. (res.) Elyezer Shkedy

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Former Israeli Air Force Commander, Gen. (res.) Elyezer Shkedy’s 2019 speech about acceptance of the “other”, Zionism, leadership, and values has been dubbed “the most amazing speech you will hear”.  

We are certain that Shkedy’s “Four Pillars” will be dubbed “the most amazing leadership guide you will ever read”.

TheJ.Ca is proud to provide our readers an exclusive look into Shkedy’s “Four Pillars” of Leadership.

The Chosen Ones

“You have chosen us out of all the people.”

“The Chosen People”.

“Light on to the Nations”.

These three expressions are closely related, connected through a strong bond between being chosen and being a light on to the nations.

They convey an important and meaningful message: with being chosen come obligations, not privileges.

Whether individually or collectively – a chosen people should be a light on to the nations, and those chosen to lead – educators, principals, commanders and elected officials – should be a light on to their followers.

To me, the essence of choice is as follows: those who are chosen to lead accept a commitment to both giving of themselves and leading through ethical behaviour. Choice isn’t about taking or receiving privileges like power, money and respect but about setting an example, being a source of inspiration and charting a path for all around you.

The thought that one deserves more, and that being chosen gives him (her) the right to behave improperly and abuse his status, is not acceptable to me. On the contrary, those who are elected are committed to doing more in every way. By virtue of being elected, the chosen assumes a deep commitment and responsibility for ethical behaviour. He has a duty to be an example and a source of inspiration for his people to follow.

One can perceive the choice to be a leader in a multifaceted fashion.

I would like to present four perspectives on the significance of choices as they relate to the behaviour of leaders or commanders.

In my view these are the “four pillars” to guide the behaviour of those elected to lead:

1. Totality – There is no such thing as a “part-time leader.” Being a leader is a total and comprehensive role requiring  deep personal responsibility and commitment.

2. Ethical Behaviour – it is important to understand that an appointment to a leadership role is not the intrinsic part of true leadership and does not confer privileges to those chosen to lead. A person who bases his leadership on a title or rank, and abuses his appointment for power, money, or honour, is not a true leader. Power, money and respect can change a person’s character and personality. And when it comes to those chosen to lead, this can be a real danger.Titles and ranks are only symbolic elements of leadership. They are not the essence of leadership. The power of the leader lies in his behaviour, personality and deeds. People follow and trust a leader based on his personality and inner strength – not his titles or ranks.

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3. Personal Example – Everything, everything, everything, including everything is personal example. To inspire your people, you must set a personal example for them in every area of life. You can talk, tell, explain and say beautiful things in a very impressive way, but what really matters is how you behave and what you do.

The actions of a leader speak louder than words.

Everyone sees and forms opinions of a leader’s actions even if-and sometimes especially when-the leader thinks they don’t.

I remember being a young pilot, looking at a senior commander and saying to myself: “Does he really think I’m an idiot? That I do not see or understand what he is doing?”

As the leader behaves, so will the people under him. If he behaves and acts properly, ethically and professionally, his people will do the same. And if his conduct is bad, crooked and inappropriate, his people will see it as legitimate, regardless of prevailing laws or rules.

4. Responsibility For All – A great leader cares for all people, a weak leader cares only about his own inner circle. This is true of a small group, a large group, an organization, a city, a country and a people. In every group there are those who have similar experiences to yours and those who don’t. There are some you like more and some you like less. It’s natural.

But as the leader of a group, you must take care of everyone and accept those that are different from you – different in their opinions, in their origins, and in the culture they come from. 

A great leader not only accepts the differences, he conveys it in his behaviour. This is what’s essential and meaningful to group cohesion. As a great leader you are everyone’s ‘parent’ equally.

Being chosen is both a great commitment and a great responsibility. It is not simple, but it is critical. These four pillars express to me the meaning of choosing a person to lead. Leadership is about obligations not privileges.

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Thank you for choosing TheJ.Ca as your source for Canadian Jewish News.

We do news differently!

Our positioning as a Zionist News Media platform sets us apart from the rest. While other Canadian Jewish media are advocating increasingly biased progressive political and social agendas, TheJ.Ca is providing more and more readers with a welcome alternative and an ideological home.

We revealed the incursion of anti-Israel progressive elements such as IfNotNow into our communities. We have exposed the distorted hateful agenda of the “progressive” left political radicals who brought Linda Sarsour to our cities, and we were first to report on many disturbing incidents of Nazi-based hate towards Jews across Canada.

But we can’t do it alone. We need your HELP!

Our ability to thrive and grow in 2020 and beyond depends on the generosity of committed readers and supporters like you.

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