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Values-Based Leadership: Enduring Lessons from the Aeneid

  • Mark Ahn
  • Larry Ettner
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Abstract

This paper explored the Aeneid, Virgil’s foundation epic of the Latin cannon, from a values-based leadership perspective, which is defined as the moral foundation underlying stewardship decisions and actions of leaders. Specifically, we juxtaposed the resonant leadership elements of vision, culture and values – and their corresponding equivalent Roman themes of fatum, pietas, and virtus. Using a thematic analysis approach, we coded the following eight values: integrity, good judgment, leadership by example, decision-making, trust, justice/fairness, humility, and sense of urgency. We found that while the Aeneid extols prototypical values, the epic instructs that truly effective leadership is not about being a monochromatic prototype. Rather, the epic reveals that the essence and privilege of effective leadership demands reflection on the dynamic relationship between the leader and the led towards a better, envisioned future.

Keywords

Organizational Citizenship Behavior Corporate Culture Servant Leadership Good Judgment Roman People 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Atkinson Graduate School of ManagementWillamette UniversitySalemUSA

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