A dog walks in front of its master, yet always looks back to see where its master wants it to go. In like manner, the leaders of this generation lack conviction and direction, but look over their shoulder to see which way political convenience and convention wants them to go. That certainly is not the face of a true leader.
How do we recognize the face of a true leader? He leads, without looking over his shoulder or behind him. He looks forward and also skyward, to determine the direction Hashem wants him to take.
This week's Torah portion, Lech Lecha, shows us the portrait of a true leader. I write about it in Decisions of a True Leader, one of my two feature articles in this week's stimulating issue of Breslev Israel web magazine.
Imagine walking into the synagogue and it's packed. Someone is sitting in your seat; you ask him politely to let you sit down, but he claims that it's his seat. You show him the name tag on the seat, and now he claims that it's his name! This really happened - check out the amazing story of The Real Shimon Cohen.
Also featured this week:
Rabbi Shalom Arush - The Gift of Enthusiasm
Dr. Zev Ballen - Liars
Racheli Reckles - Abba Knows Best
Rivka Levy - Who Are You, Really
Howard Morton - The Year of Moshiach
Rabbi Dovid Charlop - Mordechai Schwartz
Enjoy, and blessings for a wonderful new week!