Burden of leadership


Show me a good leader and I will show you a happy people – show me a bad leader and I will show you a miserable people.

When you choose a wrong leader, they will make your life miserable because people tend to focus on all wrong things, like a candidate’s charm, their stellar résumé or their academic credentials, their ethnicity, their religion, their wealth etc. None of this has any bearing on leadership potential. And despite claims to the contrary, even a candidate’s past results have bearing but not 100% on whether the promoted person will succeed once promoted.

Just appreciating wisdom makes parents proud and those who cannot control the appetites of pleasure are definitely not wise.

Moral psychology, an account of the soul which serves as a basis for explaining the virtues. Socrates’  introduced the idea that there is conflict in the soul. For instance, the appetites can lead one toward pleasure which reason recognizes is not good for the soul. In cases of conflict, Socrates says the spirited part sides with reason against appetite. Here we see in rough outline the chief characters in a well-known moral drama. Reason knows what is good both for oneself and in the treatment of others. The appetites, short-sighted and self-centered, pull in the opposite direction. The spirited part is the principle that sides with reason and enforces its decrees.

Impressing others, managing money, advancing your career: No matter what your aspiration, there’s a wealth of accumulated knowledge to help you reach it. But if your highest goal is to lead a satisfying life, your best shot is to seek wisdom that helps you cultivate strong relationships of all kinds. Studies show that people who enjoy close ties with friends and family are happier, have fewer health problems, and are more resilient to the stresses of our times. “Good social connections aren’t just important to living a fulfilling life—they’re vital to any type of healthy life at all,” says Will Meek, a psychologist at Washington State University.

Being concerned with justice brings strength, ignoring it will bring ruin.

Influenced by such a variety of complexities, many of our contemporaries are kept from accurately identifying permanent values and adjusting them properly to fresh discoveries. As a result, buffeted between hope and anxiety and pressing one another with questions about the present course of events, they are burdened down with uneasiness. This same course of events leads people to look for answers; indeed, it forces them to do so.

Unlimited self-assertion is not a source of strength for any group organized for common purpose, Unlimited want and claims lead to conflicts.

Isn’t there a basic conflict between the Socratic ideal of “self-control” and our modern fascination with personal freedom. How would you describe this conflict? Perhaps the basis for the conflict lies in our respective notions about freedom. For Plato, freedom is an ideal conceived within limits set by Reason; we, however, tend to conceive freedom in relation to the “will’s” capacity for unrestrained choice.

“Pleading the cause” of the poor, being their advocate and defender, is simply something a righteous person does.




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