Following the murder of the Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, Erez Eshel realized the leadership crisis within Israel. He elected to leave his career in the army after having served 8 years as a paratrooper.
Following the murder of the Prime Minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, Erez Eshel realized the leadership crisis within Israel. He elected to leave his career in the army after having served 8 years as a paratrooper. After months of conversations with people who shared his strong feelings on the subject, Erez built an educational institution to create a generation of leadership to act in all spheres of life and create a model society for Israel and the Jewish people. In 1996, Erez founded the “Nachshon” foundation, which worked to establish the “Nachshon” preparatory program. In 1997, he worked to establish the Upper Galilee preparatory program and the Meitzar preparatory program in the Golan Heights. Since then, he continues to take part in supporting and assisting the establishment of other pre-army programs. In 2001, the Ein Prat Israel Academy for Leadership was established with the goal of becoming a center that will influence the overall leadership academy movement. Today he maintains an advisory role to ten heads of leadership programs in Israel. Currently, Erez holds the rank of lieutenant colonel in an army unit.
The leadership academies were founded with the goal of creating conceptual and behavioral changes in all spheres of Israeli society and government, in order to attain a high quality of life, a model society, and an improved country. These academies were built from the recognition that the State of Israel was established in order to actualize the Jewish vision that has existed for thousands based on the power of human relationships and directed toward love of one’s fellow man. Such a society will only be possible if over the years the practical forces of the dream and the vision are reinforced. These forces are the consequence of personal examples of positive leadership by leaders who serve the public with modesty, integrity, and faith.
The concept of leadership does not only relate to those in government and politics. In a democracy, political behavior is a reflection of all strata of leadership revealed in the various spheres of society: education, science, academia, medicine, art, industry, law, finance, etc. The core of leadership is founded the individual’s ability to constantly improve themselves and their relationships within the 5 spheres: personality (body, mind and soul), family, profession, community, and nationality.
The number of graduates from Israel’s leadership academies is currently over 10,000, and continues to grow.