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    How To Be A Leader (According To Plutarch)

    enSeptember 24, 2023

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    • The Importance of Moral LeadershipEffective leadership is rooted in moral education and reason, prioritizing the welfare of constituents over power. Plutarch encourages leaders to emulate a philosophical deity and avoid governing those who've already tasted success, instead involving the common people in governance.

      Effective leadership is rooted in moral education and the development of reason. Uneducated leaders, as Plutarch argues, focus solely on wielding power, while educated leaders prioritize the welfare of their constituents. Plutarch encourages leaders to look to the ideal of a philosophical deity, representing pure reason and moral virtue, as a guide for their own behavior. Moreover, Plutarch warns against the challenges of governing those who have already tasted success and holds up the example of Hippopas, the first Spartan king to involve the common people in governance, as a solution to the difficulties of advising those in power. Overall, Plutarch's essays emphasize the importance of moral leadership and the impact it can have on the citizens of a city. To apply this wisdom, consider signing up for the Daily Stoic Leadership Challenge and reading Plutarch's "How to be a Leader."

    • Leadership comes from inner stability and reasonEffective leaders establish inner stability and use reason to guide and care for their subjects, rather than relying on outward displays of power or freedom from governance

      Effective leadership requires inner stability and reason, rather than outward displays of power. A leader who has achieved self-governance and established a sound character can then guide and organize their subjects. However, many leaders misunderstand this, believing that freedom from being governed is the greatest benefit. The true king is reason, which exists within the leader and provides guidance. The Persian king, for instance, was mistaken in thinking that everyone was his slave except for his wife. Instead, leaders should view their role as serving their people and using the gifts granted by God to care for them. The natural world provides an analogy for this, with the sky sending down necessary seeds and the sun arranging their growth. Similarly, leaders should establish a strong foundation within themselves and then use their influence to help their subjects thrive.

    • True leaders embody divine qualitiesTrue leaders put their communities' wellbeing above their own, fear causing harm, and uphold order as divine embodiments.

      True leaders are not merely figures with power, but embodiments of virtue and justice, acting as the image of God in their communities. They possess a divine ability to govern and uphold order, and their reverence comes from their fear of causing harm to those they lead, rather than their own self-interest. This virtuous leadership is not a mere attendant to a deity, but an essential aspect of divine nature itself. Leaders, such as Epaminondas and Cato, set an example by putting the wellbeing of their people above their own, demonstrating the noble fear and selflessness that true leadership entails. Contrarily, those who seek power through fear and manipulation, like Clearchus, ultimately fail to embody the divine qualities of a true leader.

    • Power and Fear's Connection for Tyrants vs. Philosophy's Role in Individual FreedomPower can lead tyrants to fear and self-imprisonment, while philosophy promotes reason and virtue, enabling individuals to overcome obstacles and become their best selves. Alexander's respect for Diogenes highlights this idea.

      Power and fear are intricately linked for tyrants, while for the individual, philosophy and virtue offer a path to freedom and self-improvement. Aristodemus's personal prison serves as a reminder of how power can lead to fear and self-imprisonment for tyrants. Meanwhile, the philosophical pursuit of reason and virtue can help individuals, even those with great power and success, to overcome their own obstacles and become their best selves. Alexander's admiration for Diogenes illustrates this point, as he envied the philosopher's freedom from worldly possessions and recognized the need for virtue to navigate his own power and fame. For those without power, lack of intelligence and power may result in harmlessness, but political power can amplify negative emotions and lead to destructive actions. The words of Dionysius ring true, as the enjoyment of quick gratification can lead to the misuse of power and the expression of depravity. Ultimately, the pursuit of reason and virtue through philosophy offers a beacon of light and a means to overcome the dangers of power and fear.

    • The vulnerabilities of leadersLeaders, like all humans, have hidden flaws and vulnerabilities. Fulfilling duties and maintaining a strong moral character are essential for effective leadership.

      Leaders, like all humans, are prone to vulnerabilities and vices, which may come to light as they rise to power. The ancient philosopher Seneca illustrates this idea through various metaphors, such as the yielding spirit of a leader and the exposure of hidden flaws. He also emphasizes the importance of fulfilling one's duties, even in seemingly insignificant roles, and maintaining a strong moral character. Furthermore, Seneca shares his personal practice of taking care of his health and endorses Thorne, a company that offers scientifically formulated supplements. Overall, Seneca's wisdom encourages us to recognize the inherent challenges of leadership and the importance of personal growth and integrity.

    • Balancing charge and delegation in leadershipEffective leaders distribute power and rely on expertise to create a stronger, more capable whole.

      Effective leadership involves a balance between taking charge and delegating tasks. While it's important for leaders to be attentive and knowledgeable about everything, they shouldn't try to do everything themselves. Instead, they should rely on the expertise and abilities of others and distribute power among trusted assistants. This not only makes the work of government more effective, but also reduces envy and contention. As the ancient Greeks understood, the division of labor, whether it's in the form of fingers on a hand or different roles in government, makes for a stronger and more capable whole.

    • Managing Criticism and Unity Among AlliesEffective politicians adapt to criticism, maintain unity, encourage open debate, serve in lesser positions, and manage public affairs with wisdom and grace.

      Effective politicians must be adaptable and able to manage criticism, while also maintaining unity among their allies. They should not allow personal disagreements to escalate and should encourage open debate on important issues. Politicians should not obsess over holding power, but should be willing to serve in lesser positions to elevate their stature. They should also show moderation in seeking the most impressive positions and avoid being either despised or envied. Ultimately, politicians are leaders in their communities, and they must manage public affairs with wisdom and grace. Criticism and opposition are inevitable, but politicians can turn these challenges into opportunities to build consensus and implement beneficial policies.

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