Writer and consultant Zoe St. Paul recently published an excellent interview with Alexandre Havard, who is an author and founder of the Havard Virtuous Leadership Institute. I recommend reading the full interview; excerpts that I found especially poignant are below to pique your interest.
After reading this, what do you think? Come back and post your thoughts if you can.
On leadership: “For the leader, a vision gives rise to a mission, which is translated into action. Many people have dreams and visions, but leaders have the unique ability to concretize them as missions. To identify a mission, you need to be aware of your talents. What are you good at? What are your strengths?”
On being magnanimous: “Many people are satisfied with doing the right thing. Magnanimous people are not; they want to do the great thing. A great thing is always a right thing, but it’s more than that: It’s great. As soon as we understand the difference between what’s right and what’s wrong, we must try to understand the difference between what’s great and what’s small.
Children can be educated in greatness. They can learn to do what is great, not just right. The great thing lifts our vision to higher sights, raises our performance to a higher standard, and builds our personality beyond its normal limitations. Magnanimity sets the tone of our entire life.”
Advice on seeking nobility: “Seek the company of magnificent people who are conscious of their dignity and manifest it in the way they live. These magnificent people can be your parents, your friends, the people you meet or hear about as you go through life. Contemplate them, study them, seek to imitate them. To grow in magnanimity, you need to create around yourself a magnanimous environment. Leaders have a plan for building up their personalities and those of their followers. They know that in devising such a plan they must be selective. Leaders do not read just any books or magazines, watch just any films, or listen to just any music. Aware of their own dignity as human beings, they fill their hearts and minds with that which is noble.”
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