June 26

Resurrecting Magnanimity | WT #87

At the Authentic Leadership Foundation, our mission is to guide young individuals on their unique journey to greatness. A pivotal part of this journey involves reviving a powerful yet often overlooked concept: the virtue of magnanimity.

First of all, let’s define magnanimity simply as the state of being magnanimous, which is having and displaying a generous or forgiving heart or attitude, especially toward a rival or less powerful person.

I used to think that discussing magnanimity could alienate audiences (For some of us, it’s a challenge just to learn to pronounce!). Now, I view it as a cornerstone of hope for humanity’s future, and I unabashedly do not hold back. When I speak about magnanimity, I focus on:

  1. Defining Key Concepts: Introducing affiliated words that encapsulate this hope and their significance.
  2. Synergy and Significance: Explaining how these concepts interact and why they are crucial.
  3. Personal Growth: Offering strategies for individual development through these ideals.

Words—and Their Meanings—Matter

Our introductory formation at ALF highlights Key Words, with Magnanimity being the paramount one. Discover these transformative words through our quick and engaging quiz. Upon completion, you can download a reference sheet to keep these words close at hand.

Deep Dive into Magnanimity

Magnanimity isn’t just a lofty ideal or platitude; it’s a concrete practice of doing great things for others. Here’s how you can actively engage with this virtue:

  1. Application in Life Roles: Whether as a friend, co-worker, or parent, identify specific actions to embody magnanimity.
  2. Assess and Reflect: Document your actions, noting the presence or absence of magnanimity, and distinguish genuine actions from superficial ones, as Alex Havard teaches (i.e. examine your motives for evidence of prudence).
  3. Continuously Improve: Use a weekly planner to track your actions and outcomes. Employ the START/STOP/CONTINUE framework to refine your approach:
    • What must I do to START practicing magnanimity;
    • what must I STOP doing to this end;
    • what must I CONTINUE doing to keep going?

Is Magnanimity Really Dead?

Is the virtue of magnanimity truly a relic of the past? If so, we firmly believe it can be revived and revitalized, breathing new life into this ancient virtue with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Discover the compelling reasons for its revival by watching the video “What We Do…” on our homepage that details the crucial need for magnanimity in today’s world. Embracing this noble quality can lead to greatness of soul – stronger leadership and more effective execution of personal missions.

THEN, take the next step: assess your own temperament with our quiz, and begin to know thyself. Together, inspired and guided by the Holy Spirit, we can resurrect magnanimity, infusing hope and altruism into humanity once more.

About the author 

Darren Smith

Darren Smith is Co-Founder of the Authentic Leadership Institute. He is a native Texan and a graduate of Dallas Jesuit and Texas A&M University. Over the past 25 years, Darren has visited 35 countries and led 100 strategy programs. He and his wife have five children.


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