Business opportunities for young Jewish people are growing quickly. From entrepreneurship to creating their own personalized business networking groups, there are more ways than ever for young Jewish people to express their intelligence, creativity, and drive in the business world. However, before they can find success, there are several qualities their parents and mentors should instill and encourage in them to ensure positive personal growth in the Jewish business leaders of the future.
1. Generosity to the Community
If a young Jewish person is to lead his or her community, then he or she must have a sense of responsibility to it. For example, if he or she became successful in the public administration field after graduating from USC, he or she should make time to work within the Jewish community and strive to improve socioeconomic conditions and create public programs that might benefit everyone. Teaching a young Jewish person generosity to the community can help produce a more understanding leader.
2. Open Communication
Whether in business or in a social setting, honesty and understanding may be sacrificed when communication is poor. In the business world, it might even lead to corruption. In fact, an infographic from the USC online Master of Laws program notes that corporate fraud is typically the most common type of white collar crime, with those convicted paying over $16 million in fines in 2011. Therefore, one trait that should be installed in young Jewish leaders is the ability to communicate openly and honestly.
Being able to communicate with a variety of people can be nurtured at a young age. Having young people participate in community events, at their local synagogue, and even at home can encourage the ability to communicate effectively. Studying at the graduate level may also be a boon for any Jewish youth on the leadership track. Get more information about USC’s llm masters program at the school’s website.
While it is important for any leader to have the self-confidence to make decisions, it is also essential that he or she has the humility to look at those decisions objectively and handle feedback without taking it personally. As such, instilling a sense of humility in a Jewish leader, whether he or she is a business or spiritual leader, is vital. Humility may allow a community leader to understand when to make decisions and when other voices should be heard. When a leader cannot accept any other opinion but his or her own, dissension may arise and problems cannot be solved.
One way to instill a sense of humility in young Jewish people is to point them to God’s teachings. For example, in Psalms, King David writes that what God wants most from humanity is a humble spirit and the understanding that one accepts there are forces in the universe that are greater than he or she may be. When leaders learn humility, they learn to be open to a variety of other influences without losing their sense of self.
Young Jewish people who wish to become the business and community leaders of tomorrow must possess several qualities that will make them more effective leaders. The qualities can be learned from mentors, the teachings of the Torah, and with the support of a caring community.