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"There is a lack of magnanimous people in our society."

Lawyer and writer Alexandre Havard analyzes virtuous leadership at lecture at the University of Navarra.

24 | 01 | 2024

"One of the challenges facing the modern world is magnanimity, it is almost non-existent." So said Alexandre Havard, lawyer, writer and lecturer at a meeting organized by the School of Education and Psychology of the University of Navarra. 

The disseminator and creator of the Virtuous Leadership System, and founder of training institutes in the world on this subject, analyzed his vision of leadership "to grow, making others grow", and explained to professors, staff no professor and students of the University how today there are no leaders, but managers. "Sometimes the boss, the manager, is confused with the leader. A manager advances plans, sets goals, but is not necessarily a leader. We live in a society that demands this subject of profiles," he said.

He also explained that leadership is a matter of character, and that in order to cultivate it, it was essential to work on two essential virtues without which it cannot develop: magnanimity and humility. "Magnanimity means greatness; it is hope in oneself. Humility is understood as service to others," he said. 

Working on self-knowledge is essential to identify the person's temperament. According to Havard, this step is essential to establish areas for improvement. Thus, he analyzed four types of temperament: the choleric, guided by the achievement of goals; the phlegmatic, oriented to rationality, to the scientific and mathematical aspect; the melancholic, guided by creativity; and the sanguine, which is carried away by the Philosophy carpe diem life. Each of them has specific weaknesses on which the person must work, in order to become magnanimous. "It's a long-term work ," he said. 

Finally, Havard presented some keys to developing virtuous leadership, which focus on strengthening magnanimity. The speaker emphasized the importance of having other magnanimous people around you, so that you can observe "how they think, what they dream about and see how those other people transform that thinking into action".

Havard called for "creating a magnanimous environment". In addition, he stressed the importance of the person making a "vital plan for himself", analyzing what influences and stimuli he has around him. "Everything you see and hear, is what will make you grow or diminish, for this reason it is important to know how to choose, for example, what to read or what movie to watch," he concluded.