Leadership, Excellence, and Philosophy

Good leaders need to strive for excellence, but how? Is philosophy the answer? Well, maybe...Many philosophers have written about how to live a good life, how to be a good person, how to behave excellently? As a business leader, there are many expectations placed upon you each day, so how do you act rightly, lead well, maintain your cool, and support your team? We think that you do this by studying philosophy and applying these principles to today's problems. Let's dig in...
Plato wrote a great deal about living a good life and making proper decisions.. His student, Aristotle, also followed suit in attempting to define what it means to live a good life and it can be argued that Aristotle went a bit further in his investigation of what it means to achieve happiness. 
Both Plato and Aristotle agree that achieving a good life requires virtuous behavior and thought. Do you believe that being a good leader requires virtuous behavior and thought? We think so too! By reading some of the ancient philosophers' theories, you will discover that Aristotle thought great habits lead to virtuosity. It is the establishment of correct habits performed again and again that makes us ethically fit. If you choose rightly the first time, then another time, and so on, once you get to the 100th time making the same kind of decision, it is a no brainer! You will make the right choice and in so doing, Aristotle would proclaim that your good habit is helping you to achieve a good life. What do you think of this discussion so far? Is philosophy the answer to right thinking?
Colleen Mallory

Colleen is a writer, teacher, and avid reader. Her love of philosophy transcends every one of her pursuits.