Last week, Wexner members and alumni gathered together online for the first of our new videoconference series, “Beyond the Book.”  Rabbi Larry Hoffman unpacked his essay, “The 10 Commandments for Leaders,” and called upon each participant to bring their own 11th Commandment, which are shared below.

We hope you will join us for the next call in this series, coming up on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 with WIF Alum Daniel Taub (Class 12).  Click here for more information and to register.

Always serve with joy. Say thank you.
Ellen Bob, WHP Alum (San Francisco 3)

Presume positive intent.
Raymond Silverstein, WHP Alum (Columbus 11)

If you’re inclined to reject a suggestion from a particular person, consider how you’d react if that suggestion had come from a different source.
Laura Metzger, WGF Alum (Class 2) 

Develop consensus. We don’t have to tackle all problems at once, or achieve complete success at one time (lo alecha hamelacha ligmor), but we must start.
Carrie Harris, WHP Alum (NY/Wachtell)

The team (group) matters more than the leader. Check your ego.
Mark Schwartz, WHP Alum (LA/Bank of America) 

Always have a guiding agenda and focus of what’s in the best interests of the organization.
Jane Scher, WHP Alum (San Diego 1)

Bring out the good in others. Enable them to share their insights, expertise and strengths.  
Lynn Gordon, WHP Alum (Montreal)

Always remember and study the past, yet don’t repeat or be paralyzed by it. Rather, learn from it, and grow from the experience.
Stuart Rossman, WHP Alum (Boston I)

It doesn’t matter how much you have in the deal.  In other words, each day is a new day to evaluate your project or decisions as if you had no money or time invested.  Some of the worst decisions i have seen in the business world are people who don’t bail on a deal because they are worried how much money they had invested.  
Rosy Rosenberg, WHP Alum (Portland)

 Make and regularly re-evaluate short, medium and long-range plans for leadership succession.
Janice Brenner, WHP Alum (San Francisco Pro)

Make your intentions your actions.  Others judge you by your actions, you judge yourself by your intentions.  The more you can demonstrate by action what you believe, what you intend, and what you value, the easier it will be for others to see you as you see yourself. 

Give voice to the quiet.  As leader, find methodology to comfortably include those who sit in the shadows or attend and participate by listening with intent.  Work to provide opportunity for the quiet to share, to offer what is very likely stirring in their mind.  It is good to remember the loudest rarely produce the best sound.
Ric Wanetik, WHP Alum (Columbus 93)