Ten Golden Rules of Leadership From Real Legends

By Dennis McCafferty
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    "Know Thyself" (Thales)

    Through self-analysis, you can identify your personal insecurities, self-deceptions and other weaknesses, and develop ways to overcome them.

Wouldn't it be great if we could learn from ancient legends such as Plato, Aristotle and Sophocles? Obviously, they have nothing to teach us about software code, the cloud or data analytics, but they certainly would inspire lively discussions about self-determination, character and other leadership-related themes. Of course, we can't make such a time-travel-enabled opportunity happen. But in the recent book The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership: Classical Wisdom for Modern Leaders (Amacom/available now), authors M.A. Soupios and Panos Mourdokoutas posit that the philosophies of classic thinkers remain relevant in today's workplace. By reading and examining their teachings, today's professionals and executives may discover that they don't have to compromise their values to pursue success. In fact, they may find that their integrity, as well as their dedication to the organization and colleagues rather than just themselves—will advance their career. Soupios is professor of political philosophy at Long Island University, and Mourdokoutas is professor and chair of the department of economics at Long Island University. The following "golden rules of leadership" quotes are adapted from their book

This article was originally published on 2014-11-14
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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