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Alexandre Havard's Virtuous Leadership

posted onJuly 13, 2018
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Virtuous Leadership draws on the lives of some of the greatest political, intellectual and religious leaders of modern times, and the author’s personal experience to set forth a leadership model to help busy, professional people grow in virtue and lead effectively.

The book has been translated into more than 20 languages (including Russian and Chinese) and is a thought-provoking read, demonstrating how virtue can impact every kind of personal and professional situation.

Havard’s leadership model is rooted in aretology-(from ancient Greek word aretê, "excellence, virtue")  —the science of virtue. 

Below is a 10-point summary of Havard’s model:

1. Authentic leadership must be based on authentic anthropology, which is an authentic study of man. Such an anthropology must comprise aretology or it cannot be truly authentic
2.Magnanimity, the habit of striving towards great things and humility,  the habit of service,  which are virtues principally of the heart, are the essence of leadership
3.Prudence, courage, self-control and justice are leadership’s bedrock virtues. The author discusses each of these virtues in depth.
4.  “Leaders are trained, not born”. 
5. Leaders do not lead by exercising the potestas, or power, inherent in their office or functions. Instead, they lead by means of auctoritas, the authority that stems from character. 
6.In order to grow in virtue  the heart, the will and the mind come into play
7.Through the practice of virtues, leaders achieve maturity in their judgments, emotions, and behavior. 
8.Leaders reject a utilitarian approach to virtue. 
9.True leaders live by virtue ethics, rather than by rules-based ethics. 
10.No study of leadership can be complete without the Christian supernatural virtues of faith, hope and charity 

What others said about the book

“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)

“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. 

“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). 

Alexandre Havard

Alexandre Havard's biography

Alexander Havard was born in 1962 in France. He studied law in one of France’s leading law schools (Paris Descartes University) and  worked as a lawyer in Paris, Strasbourg and Helsinki. Since 2007, he has been living and working in Moscow. 

Havard is the founder of the Virtuous Leadership System. In 2004 he founded the European Center for Leadership Development (ECLD), and in 2007, he founded the Havard Virtuous Leadership Institute (HVLI). In 2010 he co-founded the Virtuous Leadership Institute in North America.

The Virtuous Leadership Institute is made up of professionals from a variety of walks of life in many countries. Together, they constitute an international movement devoted to empowering men and women of character to transform the world.

Havard oversees the international network of Virtuous Leadership Institutes around the world, and offers Virtuous Leadership seminars and courses in English, Russian, French and Spanish to business executives, educators, public officials, and students.

The book demonstrates how leadership is based on virtue and virtue can be developed, grown and deepened for anyone and is meant to be your guidebook in the quest for excellence.