AncientGreek lessons on the Importance of the Personal Character Maintenance
AncientGreek lessons on the Importance of the Personal Character Maintenance
Personalcharacter is defined as the combination of the qualitiesdifferentiating the particular nature of a person or thing. In thiscase, the factors when leadership is considered are the pillars ofthe management which include trustworthiness, responsibility, caring,respect, fairness and citizenship (Bell,2012).The ancient Greeks had the philosophies that could assist in makinglife good for all the people in any dealings. The level ofsatisfaction that can meet the needs of the individuals is a sign ofgood guidance. Therefore this except will explore the ideas thatwere applied by the ancient Greeks and how the current leaders canincorporate the same lessons to mold their personal character henceavoiding conflicts and restore order to all the involved parties andthe levels of control. As a result, all the morals learnt from theteachings of the Greek philosophers was a major milestone todevelopment of well-organized societies that include the social,political and economic sectors.
Socratesis among the earliest Greek theorists, and he insisted on theprivilege of individuals to reason independently. Mostly, hecautioned sleepwalk in human beings through life and giving in to mobdesires. Moving along with mass is dangerous morally and principallyin corporate management. For instance, if deceit is detected at anorganization level, then each individual will argue that everyassociates of the group were doing it. Therefore, the characters ofan individuals are their responsibility (Narvaez, 2015).In this context, Socrates was willing to lose his life rather thangoing contrary to his conscience. Therefore in good governance, theleaders need to be autonomous thinkers and go as per theirconscience. This will foster a culture where the other members of thegroup participate to the leadership by giving critical feedback tothe front-runners. This personality will thus create opportunitiesfor good people to raise their concerns when bad behaviors aredetected in the running of the instution.
LettingIndividuals to Seek Fulfillment
Aristotleis one of the ancient Greek biologist and philosopher. Thepsychological theory of human nature was the foundation of his ethicswhich he insists that people are naturally virtuous, rational,happiness and social seeking. Therefore, any leaders need to realignthe organization system to ensure that the other members meet theirnatural drives. His ideas were supported by a theory that argues thatworkers strive to meet their standards of performance. Therefore inthe context of social character of the leader, they need to workaccording to the set morals required so that the other people underhim or her will have to imitate to attain their needs. This isbecause humans want to believe in something and serve it. Hence agood appeal by the leader will attract enormous support for theindividual led.
Bea Good Role Model
Plutarchis one of the historian and educators of ancient Greek, and heunderstands human as incredibly social creatures that can observeother people around and imitate them (Narvaez,2015).It is thus unfortunate that in some instances, people grow upsurrounded by bad role models but this can be controlled by havingindividuals interact with better patterns. Regarding governance, itsuggests that whatever a leader say to the subordinate is hardlysignificant as compared to what is being undertaken by him or her. Itis so because the juniors will oversee what the leader is doingregarding his behavior and treatment of others and how to cope upwith the pressure and if he fulfills his promises. This is found tobe of great significant in society as good governor serves a betterrole as well as those unprincipled portray unacceptable characters tojuniors.
Ifthe expectation of the subordinates is true then, they will emulatethe behavior of the leader. since juniors would want to compete toreach the level of the boss there is a need to encourage them evento go further as the form of competition is natural. Therefore,developing good traits that can be emulated in the organization is ofgreat importance and all the leaders should be responsible forinculcating the good ethics to b imitated.
BuildingMindset that is Resilient
Epictetusisone of the ancient Greeks that grew in Rome as a slave and became atolerant theorist. The two positions were unwarranted since capturedpeople could be tortured while the Stoic thinkers were falling fouloff the imperial power constantly. He, therefore, coped with theissue of uncertainty by regulary engaging on issues that he was ableto control and those he can hardly prevent. As leaders, we can governour character which encompasses attitudes, beliefs, and thoughtsthough everything else is in some cases out of control, that is theperception of other people’s behaviors, weather, economy, past andthe future. In concentrating on what is tough and you put more ofyour effort on it, then you will eventually feel helpless.
Thereforeall the leaders needed to control their behaviors andnot focus on those things that are beyond their control but insteadput more efforts to those that can be attained. By living under yourlimits will enable you to feel the extent of independence even in thesituations when the chaos arises. All the sectors can employ theresilience thinking including security by incorporating the stoiclessons which help in adverse situations to offer choices on how wecan react. By learning this, the leaders will make their people moreable to handle the crises. Since the environment may be fluctuatingregarding the situations, then the leaders must control theircharacter as learned by the philosophers to concentrate on lesssimple things and available steps that they can take to advance thesituation.
KeepingEthical Progress on Track
Rufuswas one of the thinker who brought forward the theory thatphilosophy could not only be taught theoretically but need to be putinto practice (Cherkowiski,2015).Practicing ethics in daily life makes one develop good habits. Inessence, the earliest Greek morals word is typically the same namefor the practice. Therefore there is need for one to observe theprogress in order to determine how well it is doing it. In this case,relying on the personal intuition is very wrong hence there is a needfor the own evaluation. In the context of leadership, maintaining ourcharacters is an evidence of analysis regarding our day in day outperformance. Tracking of the routine can be carried out by asking thejuniors anonymously how they feel their undertakings. After thatmaybe in a year, they may have managed to enhance their position.This morals can be employed by the leaders through carrying out acontinuous assessment of their performance in their respectivepositions. This should be made a culture.
TheArt of Happiness
Epicurustaught that the purpose of living is easily possible before death. Hecautioned that people are bad when they are happy and excellent incoming up with the reasons to become miserable (Allison& Cecilione, 2016).In this case, he suggested that values should educate people how tobecome happy. For instance, it could show us how to get considered tothe current situations and also how to have limits of our desires sothat we do not inflate our needs with stirred desires. Currently,some leaders are putting in practice the philosophy of Epicurus andattempting to educate their juniors the art becoming happy. Since itis hard to force the view of good life, perhaps the leader can comeup with the ethical culture that encourages all the living needs.
Inthe maintenance of the good function of the society, the ancientGreek allows us to establish the balance of behaviors and charactersthat can help people to live happily in the society. Life need to beenjoyed to its fullness by all the individuals hence there should beno restrictions that could hinder other people to satisfy their needsfor not getting the necessary space to operate. When the art ofhappiness is incorporated in the society, miserable lives will beavoided and a better and positive life will be encouraged and everyperson will have a chance to participate fully and live aself-satisfying and motivated life without restrictions.
Forinstance, the resilience thinking can be employed by all the sectorsincluding security by incorporating the stoic lessons which help inadverse situations to offer choices on how we can react. By learningthis, the leaders will make their juniors more capable of respondingto the crises. Since the environment may be shifting concerning thesituations, then the leaders must control their character as learnedby the philosophers to concentrate on doing what they can do and theavailable steps they can employ to improve the situation.Nevertheless, in the context of the social character of the leader,they need to work as per the set ethics required so that the otherpeople under him or her will have to emulate to attain their needs.This is because humans want to believe in something and serve it.Hence a good appeal by the leader will attract enormous support forthe individual being led. Therefore these lessons should be employedby all the leaders at all levels to have a happy society.
Conclusively,the teachings of the ancient Greek lay a significant role in moldingthe good life of the people hence that of the society whereby goodand morally upright leaders are there to encourage and supportpositive and dedicated governance and participation of society topromote a better life. Different philosophers had their way of makingthe people live a happy life depending on the circumstances that theywere facing. This was one of the ways of finding the solutions to theproblems. With these philosophies, the current leaders in the societycan attain their desires.
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