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The Speech Impaired Leader

The Speech Impaired Leader

Thursday, 26 January, 2017 - 4:17 pm

Have we become too obsessed with getting our message heard, that we've lost some focus on what the message is?

With web and social media algorithms choosing what gets seen, everyone is working on crafting the perfect soundbite that will get to their audience. But that can compromise the message.

The impact of social media on the way we think and communicate is huge and widely documented. But this is an angle that I haven't really seen addressed: How is social media affecting the way we judge the truth? How is it affecting the way we judge leaders? How is it affecting what opinions people choose to share? How is it affecting who people choose to follow?

Moses had a speech impediment, yet he was chosen to be the spokesmen for the Jewish people. One of the medieval commentators, the Ran, suggests that this was intended. G-d wanted it to be clear that Moses did not build a following because of his charisma and eloquent oratory skill. People flocked to him because he spoke truth. They trusted him because he spoke the word of G-d.

We need more leaders like Moses. We need leaders that care for the truth of their message, not its popularity. We need leaders who are judged by the content of their posts, not how many likes it gets.

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