Creator of the Virtuous Leadership System

Alexandre Havard is the creator of the Virtuous Leadership system. His books “Virtuous Leadership” (New York, 2007) and “Created for Greatness: The Power of Magnanimity” (New York, 2011) have been translated into 20 languages. 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.

Virtuous leadership is the first systematic and holistic approach to leadership from the point of view of aretology, which is the science of the virtues developed by the Ancient Greeks. Virtuous Leadership is a scientific system in which the virtues of prudence (practical wisdom), courage, self-control and justice constitute the foundations of leadership, and the virtues of magnanimity (greatness) and humility (service) constitute its essence.

About us

The Virtuous Leadership Institute is a community of Virtuous Leadership consultants. Our programs are inspired by the leadership philosophy set forth in the books by Alexandre Havard, “Virtuous Leadership” (2007) and “Created for Greatness: The Power of Magnanimity” (2011). Virtuous Leadership institutes are permanently established in Moscow, Washington, Shanghai, Brussels and Zaragoza.

Achieving Personal Greatness by Bringing out the Greatness in Others

  • Leadership is about achieving personal greatness by bringing out the greatness in others.
  • Leadership is about greatness and service. Greatness is the result of the practice of the virtue of magnanimity; service is the result of the practice of the virtue of humility.
  • Magnanimity is contemplation and action; humility is self-knowledge and service.
  • Leadership begins with an exalted vision of self. Only then does it acquire a vision of what it seeks to achieve.
  • You can and should base your actions on the fundamental virtues of prudence, courage, self-control and justice, but you can only base your existence on magnanimity and humility, on the ideal of greatness and the ideal of service—in other words, on the ideal of leadership.
  • 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.
  • Before becoming a leader, you need to become an integrated human being.
  • Leaders do not lead by means of potestas or the power inherent in their office or functions. They lead by means of auctoritas or authority, which proceeds from character. Leadership is about acquired authority, not assumed powers.
  • 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 of the few, but of the many.
  • If you are not a leader at all times, you are not a leader at all.
  • Because leadership capabilities stem from character, and character is something we build through training, we say “leaders are not born—They are trained.”
  • Temperament is not an obstacle to leadership, whereas lack of character most definitely is.
  • Leadership is not a trait of temperament to be found in greater supply in one sex or the other.
  • The goal of life is not the observance of rules and laws: it is self-improvement, personal growth, human excellence. Virtues, not rules, make people great. Many organizations have a corporate code of ethics. Codes of ethics are a starting point, not a goal. If they do not give rise to virtue, they will be window-dressing and undermine the credibility of the organization. Virtue gives us many things: spiritual freedom, unity of life, practical wisdom, creativity and cultural maturity. Virtue is the only way toward self-realization.

Our Dream, Vision and Mission

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 transform life, culture and business, and thus lay the foundations for a new civilization.

We envision a world in which parents, teachers, businessmen, politicians, artists and others consistently inculcate Virtuous Leadership throughout society, especially among young people.

Our mission is to ignite hearts for greatness and to transform the resultant fire into a powerful habit of the mind and the will; to spread through the entire world a concept of leadership that corresponds to the most authentic demands of human nature and the noblest aspirations of the human heart.

We do this by mounting seminars, publishing books on virtuous leadership, designing and constantly updating our Virtuous Leadership Curriculum for corporate and educational partners, and through effective use of the internet.

Virtuous Leadership institutes in the world

Virtuous Leadership

Alexandre Havard

Virtuous Leadership
Institute – North America

Cameron Thompson

Asia Center
for Virtuous Leadership

Richard Roque

Brussels (Belgium)

Institut de Leadership Vertueux

Christophe Depreter

Zaragosa (Spain)

Instituto Liderazgo Virtuoso

Juan Herminio Duarte

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