Havard Virtuous Leadership Institute
We believe that leadership is about achieving greatness by bringing out the greatness in others.
We believe that leadership is about the practice of the human virtues – above all, magnanimity (greatness) and humility (service) – amid the professional and personal circumstances of daily life. Virtue is a dynamic force that allows the leader to do what people expect of him. The virtues of prudence (practical wisdom), courage, self-control and justice, constitute the foundations of leadership. Magnanimity and humility constitute the essence of leadership.
We believe that leadership is a way of being, which can be lived by everyone no matter his or her place in society or in any given organization. Leadership is not about rank or position or being on top of the heap. Leadership is not reserved for the elite. It is a vocation not the few, but of the many.
We believe that leadership is a moral exercise. Leaders are not born, they are made. Temperament is not an obstacle to leadership, whereas lack of character most definitely is.
We believe that leadership is a life ideal that recognizes, assimilates and promotes the truth about the human person. Leadership is a life ideal, because the specific virtues it draws on—magnanimity (greatness) and humility (service)—are themselves life ideals.
We believe that leadership is about personal fulfilment: it embraces the totality of one’s existence and defines a lifestyle centred on the flourishing of the human person.
In the modern world, leadership is perceived as a matter of charisma and personal style and the employment of techniques of persuasion that all too often lapse into manipulation.
Our approach helps people to review such assumptions and to grasp that the foundation of effective leadership is character.
Through Virtuous Leadership we acquire new strengths: our will is strengthened, our intellect is sharpened, our heart is purified. Virtuous Leadership gives us the kind of effectiveness that power, money and the best techniques of managing people cannot give.
Our mission is to help those determined to change the world through their professional and personal circumstances of daily life to love and practice the human virtues; to foster in them the desire to lead with magnanimity and humility, and give them the means to achieve this end. Our mission is to ignite hearts to greatness and a spirit of service, and to transform this fire into a powerful habit of the mind and the will.
Virtuous Leadership brings success to any organization, from family units to large international corporations, because it fosters the creation of a culture based on authentic human values.
By spreading an understanding of leadership consistent with the highest demands of human nature and the noblest expectations of the human heart, we contribute to the birth of a new civilization in which dignity and efficiency, integrity and professional success do not contradict each other, but rather re-enforce each other.
Alexandre Havard is the author of the Virtuous Leadership system and the founder of the Havard Virtuous Leadership Institute. Born in Paris, he is a barrister by profession having graduated from the René Descartes University, one of France’s leading law schools, and practiced law in several European countries. He is now living and working in Moscow where he offers seminars in Virtuous Leadership to senior business executives and university students. In the United States Alexandre Havard presented at the US Army War College, the Harvard Business School and the Corporation Service Company (CSC). His book Virtuous Leadership (New York, 2007) has been translated into 15 languages. Alexandre Havard is also the author of Created for Greatness: The Power of Magnanimity (Washington, 2011).