138: How To Be a Leader—Alexandre Havard
French educated attorney and author (and now Moscow resident) Alexandre Havard has made it his life mission to study patterns of leadership: what works, what doesn’t, and how to heal the deeper issues present in the crisis of leadership.
Retired Navy SEAL Commander Jocko Willink famously said, “There are no bad teams, only bad team leaders.” The implications of this for the Christian Church are as enormous as they are obvious. Havard’s books and lectures are not chiefly designed for a faith context but tap into universal truths about human nature, natural law, human temperaments, and what makes a leader truly excellent. (He was a previous expert influencer for members of Coffin Nation talking about the four classic Greek temperaments and how they must be supplemented by virtue.)
In this episode you will learn
- The difference between a leader and a manager
- What qualities all leaders possess, irrespective of area or expertise
- Why magnanimity is the indispensable goal of every leader
- How weakness is not necessarily the opposite of strength
- Why the best leaders are also followers
- The Greeks understood temperaments: sanguine, phlegmatic, choleric, and melancholic
- Why humility and meekness are two of the most misunderstood concepts for leader
Resources mentioned in this episode
- Created for Greatness: The Power of Magnanimity by Alexandre Havard
- Virtuous Leadership: An Agenda for Personal Excellence by Alexandre Havard
- From Temperament to Character: On Becoming A Virtuous Leader by Alexandre Havard
- He Leadeth Me: An Extraordinary Testament of Faith by Walter J. Ciszek, SJ
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