What We're Reading - June 2019
June 5, 2019
This month is John Krpan's book recommendation: How to Be a Leader: An Ancient Guide to Wise Leadership by Plutarch.
Prior to the plethora of leadership books, trends and fads, Plutarch profiled leaders such as Mark Antony, Caesar and Alexander the Great - what made them great, or not so great. A common theme in his work was that good character was a prediction of good leadership. He follows with advice that people should pursue positions of leadership only if they are motivated by "judgment and reason"—not "by the vain pursuit of glory, rivalry, or a lack of other meaningful activities." He cites leaders who were very adept at creating a false image of competence, followed by eventual failure when they could not live up to the images or expectations that they created. Conversely, people who demonstrated a positive strength of character, morality and ethics ultimately prevailed.
The book should resonate with anyone looking to offset cases where there is a tendency to align with aggressive leaders that promise short term results and establish leadership through outward appearances, salesmanship and a “win at any cost” attitude.