BOOKS BY ALEXANDER HAVARD
Coached by Joan of Arc
This book is a dialogue between the reader and Joan of Arc, the woman Mark Twain called “easily and by far the most extraordinary person the human race has ever produced.” As we explore her virtue-infused life, this astonishingly modern woman takes us by the hand, coaches us, whispers wise advice in our ear. Far from being anachronistic, her way of life and virtuous example is eternally new, for she follows precepts that are above human weakness. Joan is for all of us – men and women of today, living and working in the midst of the world. She is for us all a coach, a mother, and an excellent teacher of the elevated, virtuous, and courageous life.
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Free Hearts: Understanding your Deepest Motivations
Beauty, greatness, love, freedom, mercy, and suffering expand the heart, purify it, and make it burn with love and desire. In the words of Alexandre Havard, “A free heart says ‘yes’ to transcendent values, to the divine inspirations and impulses in the depths of our being.” For our hearts to be free, we must transform our interior selves. Alexandre Havard shows us the way. His important new book will help you achieve the optimal balance between the heart, the mind, and the will, heal your heart when it is troubled and has been wounded, and enable your most noble aspirations to grow in strength and maturity.
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From Temperament to Character
No attempt to practice Virtuous Leadership can succeed without a basic understanding of temperament and character, which, together, constitute human personality. The Virtuous Leadership approach to temperament affirms the legitimate diversity of our physiological and psychological makeup, and proposes that temperament, rightly understood, undergirds the efforts of all persons to flourish and achieve excellence. It recognizes that temperament does not determine goals (much less outcomes), but instead gives shape and color to the efforts of human beings to flourish through mastering the habits of excellence. In doing so, the habits of excellence—the virtues —become second nature to us, part and parcel of our very selves. And thus, we ascend from temperament to character, and are no longer slaves to our natural inclinations but have achieved self-mastery in true human freedom.
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Created for Greatness: The Power of Magnanimity
Created for Greatness explains the virtue of magnanimity, a virtue capable of setting the tone of your entire life, transforming it, giving it new meaning and leading to the flourishing of your personality. Magnanimity is the willingness to undertake great tasks; it is the source of human greatness. Along with humility, it is a virtue specific to true leaders emboldened by the desire to achieve greatness by bringing out the greatness in others. Complete with practical steps and points for personal examination, this book will not only inspire you, but will place you firmly on the path to a more magnanimous life.
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Virtuous Leadership: An Agenda for Personal Excellence
Drawing on the lives of some of the greatest political, intellectual and religious leaders of modern times, and the author’s personal experience, Virtuous Leadership demonstrates that leadership and virtue are not only compatible, they are actually synonymous. Virtuous Leadership defines each of the classical human virtues most essential to leadership – magnanimity, humility, prudence, courage, self-control and justice. It demonstrates how these virtues promote personal transformation and the attainment of self-fulfillment. It also considers the Christian supernatural virtues of faith, hope and charity without which no study of leadership can be complete. The book’s final section, Towards Victory, offers a methodology for the achievement of interior growth tailored to the needs of busy, professional people intent on imbuing their lives with a transcendent purpose. Thus, the aim of Virtuous Leadership is ultimately practical. It is meant to be your guidebook in the quest for excellence.
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My Russian Way
“In my Virtuous Leadership seminars I always call on my students to identify a mission. And to help determine what that is, I ask them to write the story of their lives to that point – about family and friends, activities, successes and failures, hopes and dreams. I suggest that in the writing they will begin to see themselves for who they are, to develop a concept of self, and, in the process, discern a mission – the thing they were born to do. To show them what I meant, I penned My Russian Way – A Spiritual Autobiography.” (The author)
“As I read My Russian Way, I frequently felt the thrill of the Holy Spirit’s anointing… a sign for me of the graced ‘mission’ of the book itself”.
Michael O’Brien, author of the Children of the Last Days series.
“My Russian Way is packed with compelling characters and fascinating vignettes. The book is at once spiritually uplifting and a fun read. It will light the way for the reader’s own spiritual journey.”
Antony T. Salvia, Director of the Moscow Programming Center of Radio liberty (1993-1996)
Critical acclaim for "Virtuous Leadership"
“I found Virtuous Leadership a fascinating book that goes straight to the heart of the matter: we need to base our decisions on reality and the essence of reality is man himself.”
Francois Michelin, CEO of Group Michelin (1955-1999)
“In a complicated world, simplicity is priceless. Virtuous Leadership is full of brilliant insights. It is highly topical and relevant.”
Timo Soini, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland (since 2015-2019).
“Alex Havard’s Virtuous Leadership, a plea to return to the classical virtues, reflects the ongoing resurgence in appreciation for the wisdom of the ancient Greeks, which served humanity well for two millennia. I highly recommend this life-changing read.”
Lee Deremer Colonel, USAF, Professor of Ethics and Strategic Leadership (2007-2008).
“Virtuous Leadership is a timeless book. After you read it, you will find yourself citing its many brilliant phrases without even realizing it.”
Sari Essayah, World Champion in Women’s Race Walking (1993)
“Somebody has finally written a book about virtue for those engaged in the business world. Too many books spill out of the presses on being EFFECTIVE, on getting YOUR WAY, on making big bucks quick. This book should be in every airport across Europe and America! (And ditch all the other quick-read, make-million business books that litter the bookstore shelves.)
Benjamin D. Wiker, Author of A Meaningful World, 2006.
“Alexandre Havard’s Virtuous Leadership is a book long-needed on every level of public life in the developed nations. A vitally important and timely book.”
Michael D. O’Brien, Author of Father Elijah: An Apocalypse (1996).
“Alexandre Havard gives us new reason to hope. Above and beyond the method presented in this book, he makes us want to want, and to do so with enthusiasm, this intense emotion that impels us to action in joy.”
Jacques de Chateauvieux, CEO of BOURBON and Chairman of the AXA Supervisory Board (2008-2010).