“Leadership” is a broad topic, situational in application, organic in nature. I won’t pretend to think this will be the final word on the matter. I do, however, believe the model you are about to become familiar with is a strong framework that will withstand the weight of future conversations.
We all know by now that the government cannot make enough laws to correct the problems we continue to face in the 21st century. The reason? These are not legal problems; they are character problems. As such, they need to be addressed by leaders courageous enough to live an examined life, because leadership is an inside-out proposition.
Socrates was noted for saying, “the unexamined life, is a life not worth living.” Today we refer to this as being self-aware, or understanding what motivates our own behavior.
During Plato’s time, Greek thinkers had already established the idea that a good person possessed four cardinal virtues: courage, temperance, justice, and wisdom. After the time of Christ, the church fathers added three more: faith, hope and love. Living these seven virtues together was considered to be a life of “habitual excellence.”
Likewise, the Character of Leadership Model has seven elements. They are distinctive in nature yet interrelated, with faith as the central element. As you become familiar with the other elements that radiate from faith, you will begin to understand how this ancient model can be applied today in order for leaders to successfully catapult us into the future.
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