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Arménio Rego, Miguel Pina e Cunha, and Stewart R. Clegg

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199653867

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199653867.001.0001

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Cognitive and Energizing Virtues

Cognitive and Energizing Virtues

(p.52) 3 Cognitive and Energizing Virtues
The Virtues of Leadership

Arménio Rego

Miguel Pina e Cunha

Stewart Clegg

Oxford University Press

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

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