About us

The Virtuous Leadership Institute is a community of Virtuous Leadership consultants. We offer leadership training, executive development programs, consulting and mentoring. Our programs are inspired by the leadership philosophy set forth in the books by Alexandre Havard, “Virtuous Leadership” (New York, 2007) and “Created for Greatness: The Power of Magnanimity” (Washington, 2011). Virtuous Leadership Centers are permanently established in Moscow, Washington, Shanghai, Paris, Helsinki and Nairobi.

Creator of the Virtuous Leadership System

Alexandre Havard is the creator of the Virtuous Leadership system. Born in Paris, he is a graduate of the René Descartes University, one of France’s leading law schools. He has practiced law in France and in several European countries. He now lives and works in Moscow. His books “Virtuous Leadership” (New York, 2007) and “Created for Greatness: The Power of Magnanimity” (Washington, 2011) have been translated into 15 languages.

Our Dream

The modern world is experiencing a severe shortage of genuine leaders. Decades of relativism, secularism, materialism, individualism and collectivism have spawned several generations of small, self-centered people on the make (if they have any ambition at all). The consequence is widespread pusillanimity, injustice, hatred, incessant warfare, and existential boredom. We dream of a world full of virtuous leaders in all human activities who will achieve greatness by bringing out the greatness in others.

Our Vision

Our Mission

Our mission is to ignite hearts to greatness and to transform this fire into a powerful habit of the mind and the will. We do this through the mounting of seminars (open-enrollment and in-company), the publication of books on Virtuous Leadership in various languages,  effective use of the internet, and the development of an International Virtuous Leadership Faculty.

Our Values

We believe the supreme measure of leadership is achieving personal 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. If the virtues of prudence (practical wisdom), courage, self-control and justice, constitute the foundations of leadership, magnanimity and humility constitute its essence.

We believe that leadership is a way of being, which can be lived by anyone 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 of 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 centered on the flourishing of the human person.

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Our Partners and Clients

Leroy Merlin

Virtuous Leadership Centers in the World

Virtuous Leadership Institute

Alexandre Dianin-Havard,
Stanislav Volkov,
Nikita Mudrilov,
Jean-Marc Guillier

Washington DC
HVLI North America, inc

Bert Kalisch,
Chris Straub,
Matt Zimmerman

HVLI Asia Center for Virtuous Leadership

Li Yaping,
Richard Roque,
Keyle Wei

East African Center for Virtuous Leadership

Joseph Okhako

Providentia Oy

Santi Martinez,
Jason Lepojarvi,
Jussi Ruohomaki

Paris (France)

Barcelona (Spain)


Carlos Rey,
Nuno Pitta