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Tom Morris: True Success for Leaders

Tom Morris: True Success for Leaders

Audio excerpt from the Ancient Philosophy for Modern Leadership conference

Dr. Tom Morris is a former professor of philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. He’s also the founder of the Morris Institute for Human Values, and the author of The Stoic Art of Living, If Aristotle Ran General Motors, and The Everyday Patriot.

We’re delighted to welcome Dr. Morris back as a guest speaker at our March 11th virtual event, How Can We Save Rational Discourse: Philosophy & Politics.



  • There is much to be learned about leadership from ancient epic poems

  • The Epic of Gilgamesh, an epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia, and regarded as the earliest surviving notable literature, is a great example of a bad leader transformed into a good leader.

  • Leaders can learn from Homer’s works, The Iliad and The Odyssey, about the power of collaboration and purpose

  • Wisdom consists in “guidance and guardrails”

  • The Aesthetic Dimension (one of 4 dimensions of your experience): “People do not flourish in conditions of ugliness…There are two kinds of beauty: there’s the beauty we perceive and performance beauty—everyone needs to feel creative…”

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