Ten Virtues of Outstanding Leaders: Leadership and Characterby Al Gini, Ronald M. Green
Arguing that an individual’s character—particularly as constituted by ten particular virtues—is the core factor in determining leadership ability, this book offers a fresh perspective on a subject which has spawned hundreds of books claiming to share the secret ingredients of a leader’s success. Here, exemplars as varied as Abraham Lincoln,… See more details below
Arguing that an individual’s character—particularly as constituted by ten particular virtues—is the core factor in determining leadership ability, this book offers a fresh perspective on a subject which has spawned hundreds of books claiming to share the secret ingredients of a leader’s success. Here, exemplars as varied as Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, Steve Jobs, and Oprah Winfrey provide the evidence for ten core leadership virtues that combined to make them figures of inspiration and influence.
The authors bring their decades of scholarship in business, ethics, philosophy, and leadership to bear on a topic which could scarcely be more timely and resonant. They show how leadership is a lived process that involves more than facts and theories,and that missing key characteristics lends itself all too easily to the conduct of 'misleadership'. Time, place, issues, and circumstances may shape the outcomes of those aspiring to govern the actions of their fellows, but true leadership flows from an individual’s character, ethical principles, and desire to be of service to others.
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—Jim Kouzes, coauthor of the bestselling The Leadership Challenge and The Dean's Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University
“Ten Virtues of Outstanding Leaders is a thoughtful and thorough exploration of that knottiest of all leadership questions - what constitutes "good" leadership? Gini and Green have been wrestling with related issues for years, and it shows. The book is a valuable contribution to the never ending discussion of what it takes to lead wisely and well.”
—Barbara Kellerman, Harvard Kennedy School, and author and editor of many books on leadership and followership including, most recently, The End of Leadership and Leadership: Essential Selections on Power, Authority, and Influence
“Few leadership books mine the field of philosophy for its practical knowledge. Few use the treasury of insights available in the writings of philosophers that speak to issues of character and ethics, ones that are critical for successful leadership. Fewer still apply those insights to living examples of leadership: Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, and Steve Jobs. In their new book, Ten Virtues of Outstanding Leaders, the philosophers Gini and Green do all this, and more.”
—Thomas Donaldson, Mark O. Winkelman Professor, The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Director of the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research, and coauthor of Ties that Bind: A Social Contracts Approach to Business Ethics
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