Rabbinic Wisdom for Hard Times

People’s true nature gets tested in times of prolonged stress and crisis.  That is why, in the last ten weeks of working with my nonprofit clients in this new COVID-19 world, I have witnessed so many examples of true leadership that inspired me to write this article. Those examples need to be celebrated and, most importantly, carried with us into our new normal and beyond – whatever that will look like – so we can be our best selves at all times, and not only in a crisis.  
As, perhaps many of you, I have found myself in these last ten weeks leaning into familiar, time-tested things that ground and comfort me like food, family, work, puzzles, and words to live by.  So, please allow me to share with you the following three lessons I observed of true leadership through the lens of this famous quote from Rabbi Hillel: If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?”  Never before have I experienced these words as being truer, more resonant, and more necessary than today.

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Written by Natasha Dresner. Natasha is a Mentor with JCamp 180. She is also the Director of LEAP  - Leadership Engagement and Advancement Program. Natasha writes a bimonthly nonprofit column "The Nonprofit Prophet" for The Berkshire Eagle. Her focus areas at JCamp 180 include Governance, Strategic Planning, and Lay Leadership development.

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Natasha Dresner
JCamp 180