Ep 15: An Israeli Perspective of How to “Break Distance” to Lead Others with Vulnerability to Fulfill Personal Calling

“Discovering who you are and what you are meant to do is a journey, an adventure.”

How can you put people first as a leader when there are so many external pressures to perform and meet expectations? The Israeli culture places a tremendous amount of pressure on leaders to command and control, and consequently often people are second priority. On this episode of The Generous Leadership® Podcast, Israeli businessman Mordechai Wiseman shares with Tricia Halsey how you can swim against the current to unlock the potential and calling of others.


Mordechai Wiseman is Managing Director of Firstfruits Funds, Co-Founder, Chairman & International Director of Israel Firstfruits Center for Economic Advancement, and Co-Founder of the Messianic Business Fellowship. He has over 25 years of international management, marketing, technology and business development experience in various industries. Mordechai has served companies and non-profit organizations ranging in size from small start-ups to Fortune 500 multinational corporations. He is a social entrepreneur and is passionate about equipping people to pursue their calling. Mordechai has a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Cornell University, NY, USA. He and his wife Meira, have three children and live in northern Israel near the Sea of Galilee.


  • Your ability to lead and influence depends on how well you tap into your own personal calling and purpose.
  • Comparing two leadership paradigms by breaking down characteristics and practices: top-down leadership vs. generous leadership®
  • What makes a “good leader” good?
  • What is vulnerability? Why is it scary? How can it keep us back from success or launch us toward influence?
  • Fear leads us to desire to control. Healthy confidence and self-value leads to vulnerability and empowerment.
  • Why Mordechai chose to submit to younger leadership in the army because he wanted to practice humility and grow as a follower. Why leaders need to know how to be good followers.
  • How does a leader choose to do the right thing when there are external pressures to put people second?
  • Three tips for how to lead generously: study generous leaders to change your perspective, seek a mentor who you want to be like, and be comfortable in your own skin.

References and Resources


  • “Every person is a key and part of their life’s mission is to find the door they are meant to unlock.”
  • “Discovering who you are and what you are meant to do is a journey, an adventure.”
  • “Doing is an outcome of being. If I’m being right I will be doing right.”
  • “The whole idea of leadership is that the group is moving forward….It’s not about me, it’s about us.”
  • “A good leader sees the potential in other people–their giftedness—calls forth their passion, calls forth their… (If you will) builds up their confidence, encourages them, gives them space to fail because no one grow perfectly, we learn through our failures, and provides a safe environment where people can flourish. And that is where it’s not about me, it’s about us.”
  • “We have not been called to walk this path alone…If you are feeling isolated, un-isolate yourself.”
  • “You will always be more effective, and happier, and more credible when you are who you are versus trying to be someone else.”