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Reaching for Greatness through Virtuous Leadership

  Jul 15, 2016

Humility is often associated with weakness- not with strong leaders. Alluding to David. J. Bobb’s teachings on humility, Professor Alexandre Havard explains why that is a mistake.

Here are Alexandre Havard’s teaching on Leadership, Magnanimity and Humility

Humility and Greatness

Humility is a principle of service, which Leaders must embody. It is the realization that God-given talents are to be used for service and for the greater good of humanity. Humility has to be united to magnanimity. If not, it just becomes simple mindedness.

When you trust your talents, you trust God. Leadership is about looking at things that are given through nature, human hope. Leadership also reflects a re-establishment to the concept of magnanimity and humanity. There is no greatness where:

  1. Leadership is not about people.
  2. Humility is separated from magnanimity.

Humility is being in the habit of the truth, self-knowledge and service.

Created for greatness

Greatness is insight that translates into action. In the process of achieving greatness self knowledge is key. Biological temperaments have been proven to have an impact on people’s actions, leadership and even in the aspiration of greatness.

Choleric people are action oriented, often disrupting a deeper connection towards to actions and the meaning behind it. Choleric people must be made to understand and discover the “why” behind the action in order to achieve greatness.

People of Melancholic temperament are very insightful, but are usually slow in implementing. They are idealistic and seek to kind perfection in ideas and theories other than its realization. People of such temperament must be made to understand that there is no greatness where there is no action into an idea.

Sanguine people are dreamers with great vision. However, they are not endearing. They have a difficulty with staying on course. To achieve greatness, you have to think of sustainability.

The phlegmatic are peace oriented and very rational.  They are afraid of changes because it means war to them. Phlegmatic people are good in decision making. Their pitfall is that they are not dreamers. They need to develop the virtue of magnanimity, becoming visionary.

The Difference between Management and Leadership

Although management and leadership go hand in hand, there have been great differences outlined between the two. Leaders focus on the growth and the successes of their people. They view management as a tool to improve and enhance the productivity of the people

Great managers resolve problems, where as leaders move people through inspiration. Great leadership is achieved through bring out the greatness of others.

Leadership is the transformation of people through the instrument of management. People are the goal of leadership; which is challenging people to achieve greatness. The measure of true leadership is on transforming the people around you to become great servants of humanity: Service which exudes meaning into other people’s lives.

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