Counting the Omer Day 46: Netzach of Malchut

Netzach of MalchutNetzach of Malchut. Endurance in Sovereignty (Leadership). Effective leadership needs endurance – and endurance’s companion, consistency.

Moses had a goal – bringing his people to the Holy Land. He stuck with it for forty long years. He didn’t give up, along the way, although there were times when he was tempted, as when he asked God to take him out of His book. But in the end he stuck with it.

The same principles are true for all of us. Especially parents. Every parent is a leader to their children, guiding them on what they believe is the right path. Endurance is necessary: as a general rule, kids are in our care for 18 years, but even after they are grown, they are still your kids. And consistence is vitally important in successful parenting, as it is in any other form of leadership. For example, being inconsistent in disciplining people – whether it’s children, subordinates, or others where there may be a power relationship – will result in confusion. It won’t result in the desired response.

But it’s not just discipline that needs to be consistent – the care and concern a leader has for those he or she leads also needs to be enduring and consistent. Life is a marathon, not a sprint.

Do you have stamina, endurance, consistency in the ways you function as a leader? If not, today’s the day to resolve to work on this trait.

Barry Leff

Rabbi Barry (Baruch) Leff is a dual Israeli-American business executive, teacher, speaker and writer who divides his time between Israel and the US.

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