Cognitive and Energizing Virtues

Arménio Rego, Miguel Pina e Cunha and Stewart Clegg

in The Virtues of Leadership

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199653867
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191742057 | DOI:
Cognitive and Energizing Virtues

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This chapter discusses how cognitive and energizing virtues (wisdom/knowledge and courage) enable global leaders to interpret the complexity of the world and to energetically face its challenges, difficulties, and opportunities. The chapter starts by explaining the meaning of each virtue and its corresponding character strengths. References to the opposites and the excess of the strength are also made. Then the chapter explains how the strength contributes to the global leaders’ positive performance. Examples are provided to support the arguments. The chapter also suggests that ‘excessive’ levels of virtues may be dysfunctional. The discussion reflects the golden mean paradigm, showing that virtues are in the middle between two opposite sides (e.g. courage representing a middle way between cowardice and foolhardiness).

Keywords: creativity; curiosity; open-mindedness; love of learning; perspective/wisdom; cultural intelligence; bravery/courage; persistence; integrity; vitality

Chapter.  13877 words. 

Subjects: Organizational Theory and Behaviour

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