Aurelius: Meditations on Leadership

One thing which really struck me when reading Aurelius’ Meditations was his degree of humility, considering the power he wielded as Emperor. It is unclear whether this was merely a rhetorical tool from a powerful thinker sensitive to the reception and interpretation of his words or if it was the authentic and humble gratitude of a mind that acknowledged that both he and the world could quite easily have been radically other than what they actually were.

Humility, though, does seem to be somewhat conspicuous by it’s absence in so many ascendant and aspirationally-significant – if not powerful – contemporary leaders. Servant leadership is a rare and precious treasure in a world so hopelessly hyper-inflated with so much self-aggrandising froth and bubble.

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