Time: 8 hours
Next, we investigate ways we have applied and interpreted classical Greek virtues across time and culture. We explore how cultures conceptualize the virtuous leader. How does culture change and preserve the concept? Finally, we consider the traits or essential qualities for good leadership: honesty, moral courage and moral vision, compassion, fairness, intellectual excellence and willingness to listen to others, creative thinking, aesthetic sensitivity, good timing, and selflessness.
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Unit 1: The Classical Virtues of Leadership
This unit outlines the classical virtues and ideals of leadership. What makes a true leader? What makes the ideals they espouse appealing? Consider how the virtues discussed might look today, and whether we still value them as qualities good leaders possess.
Completing this unit should take you approximately 4 hours.
Unit 2: Perspectives on Leadership
In the last unit, we considered the ethics and virtues of leadership from a classical perspective. However, the ancient Greeks were not the only ones to consider what it means to be a great leader, in terms of virtue and competence. Let's examine elements of leadership theory from the perspective of other cultures and times, and what their representatives believed about virtuous leadership.
Completing this unit should take you approximately 1 hour.
Unit 3: Characteristics of an Ethical or Virtuous Leader
Now, let's align the qualities we have explored in this course, Plato and Aristotle's classical virtues and different perspectives on leadership, into a more current framework for what it means to be a "good" or "virtuous" leader. Most successful leaders possess certain virtues. We will explore nine traits that some might describe as essential qualities for good leadership: honesty, moral courage and vision, compassion, fairness, intellectual excellence and willingness to listen to others, creative thinking, aesthetic sensitivity, good timing, and selflessness.
While these leadership elements frequently overlap with the classical ideals of virtuous leadership we discussed above, the correlation is not always direct or complete. In this unit, we will create links of each of these virtues with the most appropriate classical virtue described by Plato and Aristotle.
Completing this unit should take you approximately 3 hours.
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Certificate Final Exam
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