Moses is the most important prophet in Judaism and one of the most important prophets in Christianity and Islam. He is a rare prophet who appears in many religions and gospels. While the time Moses was born and the world he lived in were very different from what we have today, yet there are many lessons that one can learn from the prophet.
Moses was not born into a royal family but was raised as a prince but instead of leading a kingdom or an army, he eventually went to lead the people and their faith. If you look at the life of Moses from a distance, there isn’t much to derive from it pertaining to leadership. However, if you read between the lines and analyse his life then you will come across a distinct Moses leadership style.
One of the most surprising realizations you would have from Moses leadership style is to surrender oneself to reality and what is beyond reason, understanding or one’s potential. Modern leaders, especially those who are very ambitious or driven do not take no for an answer and don’t consider failure to be an option. Success at all costs and no scope for achieving anything less than what is expected happens to be the reality for most leaders today. That is not what Moses leadership style was. He believed that not everything can be done or achieved, not everything was in the control of one person or few people. He believed that there are coincidences, there are things that are beyond the understanding of a man and accordingly he did not mind amending his ways while being committed to the mission or his principles.
Moses leadership style is also characterized by humility and persistence. There are many stories in Exodus and other scriptures where Moses appears to be a humble man, even when he had great power and the strength of the masses at his disposal. At the same time, he was also a persistent man, standing up against the odds and not indulging in compromises in the face of adversities. This is a strange combination of being humble despite strength and being strong despite weaknesses. Such kinds of leadership traits are not common and these are what make Moses leadership style distinctly different from that of other prophets or even modern day icons who are revered by people across the world.