Vol. 1 No. 3 (2015): Journal of Leadership and Management

Insights from the Bible about Getting Even: A Primer for Leaders and Managers

Hershey H. Friedman
School of Business, Brooklyn College, CUNY, USA
Sarah Hertz
Empire State College, The State University of New York (SUNY), USA
Published May 29, 2015
How to Cite
Friedman, H. H., & Hertz, S. (2015). Insights from the Bible about Getting Even: A Primer for Leaders and Managers. Journal of Leadership and Management, 1(3). Retrieved from http://leadership.net.pl/JLM/article/view/48


Retaliation is a natural human reaction. In a corporate setting, however, it can destroy the ethical foundations of an organization. This paper uses examples from the Bible to demonstrate that successful leaders understand that getting even is not the optimal way to behave. Great leaders should be concerned about justice, rather than avenging past slights. Unsuccessful leaders, on the other hand, are often sidetracked from their organization’s mission by the desire for revenge.


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