HOW CAN ONE STRIVE TO BE A LEADER?
Today we consider some leadership lessons from Thomas Jefferson, during the time he was Secretary of State, out of power during the Adams administration and while during President. It centers on one of the lesser known of Jefferson’s achievements, the defeat of the Barbary Pirates. While most Americans recall this episode only through the Marine Corp hymn, with the memorable words, to the shores of Tripoli; it was largely Jefferson’s research and logistical work helped facilitate a successful military campaign.
Tanya explains why business leaders need to publish and how book publishing demonstrates leadership beyond simple subject matter expertise or technical competence.
In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) entitled “Rules for Modern Living from the Ancient Stoics” Massimo Pigliucci wrote about the “unlikely revival of the Greco-Roman philosophy of stoicism.” Contending that we Americans misinterpret stoicism based almost solely on the Star Trek character of Mr. Spock, he believes that stoicism is not only humane but practical. However, I think Mr. Spock would agree that there is much the ancient stoics can teach us today. He wrote, “The Stoics had centuries to think deeply about how to live, and they developed a potent set of exercises to help us navigate our existence, appreciating the good while handling the bad. These techniques have stood the test of time over two millennia.” He laid out five principles which I have adapted for the modern business leader˙.