What is true leadership I. Edouard Michelin (founder of Group Michelin) case study. Edouard Michelin’s character and achievements. “Leadership is about achieving personal greatness by bringing out the greatness in others”. Discussion: “Was Steve Jobs a leader?” Limitations and dangers of technical leadership. Virtuous Leadership and management.
What is true leadership II. Darwin Smith (former CEO of Kimberly-Clark) case study. Darwin Smith’s character and achievements. “Leadership begins with an exalted vision of self. Only then does it acquire a vision of what it seeks to achieve”. “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”. Virtuous Leadership and success.
The Virtuous Leadership System. What is character? What is temperament? Virtue is a dynamic force that allows the leader to do what people expect of him. If the virtues of prudence (making right decisions), courage (staying the course and taking risks), self-control (directing emotions) and justice (communion and communication), constitute the foundations of leadership, magnanimity (striving towards great things) and fraternal humility (service) constitute its essence. “Before becoming a leader, you need to become an integrated human being”. Without the basic virtues, how does magnanimity and humility look like? Integrity is about goodness; leadership is about greatness. The “spiral of growth”: heart, will and mind.
The leadership challenges of each temperament. Discover the strengths and weakness of your temperament. Building a self-development strategy. “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”.
Rules or virtues? 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. Case study “The miserable life”. Case studies “Stanislav Evgrafovich Petrov” and “Chesley Sullenberger”.
The practice of Magnanimity and Humility in Leadership. Inclusion, empowerment, collegiality, succession. Case study “Stanley C. Gault”. Case Study “Herb Kelleher” (Founder of Southwest Airlines). Magnanimity and humility go hand in hand. Case study “Ivan Isaievich”.
Self-knowledge. Why serve? Levels of motivation. Altruistic motivation. Feelgoodism. The humility pyramid.
Discover Your Mission. The difference between a mission and a vocation. A call to action. Writing your personal story. Your story, not your whims, defines your mission. Discovering your talents and gifts. Your temperament as a specific talent. Discovering the cultural or social challenge you are called to respond to with passion and dedication. Your mission’s statement. Examples of mission’s statements. The relation between your personal mission and the corporate mission.