Psalms: Lessons for a “Tone at the Top” based on Trust and Justice

  • Dov Fischer
  • Hershey H. Friedman


Today’s leaders need dependable models for restoring organizational trust. This study integrates biblical teachings with two streams of business literature, the leadership/trust literature and the governance/control literature. First, we map the modern concept of organizational trust and its components to the biblical concept of justice. Second, we derive specific lessons on how to improve governance and control with a “tone at the top” based on justice or trust. Psalms 72, 82, and 101 emphasize the importance of just leadership/organizational trust with three components: ability, benevolence, and integrity. Many of the justice/trust themes in Psalms mirror those of the secular literature, but we also derive unique biblical insights that go beyond secular notions.