Brothers from Different Mothers—Confucius, Benedict, and Francis: The Historical Search for Humane Leadership

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Ongoing global economic downturn, social and political upheavals, revolutionary changes in technology, and frightening climate change are having massive impacts on the ways people live and work. This paper examines the teachings of 3 of these leaders: Confucius, Benedict of Nursia, and Francis of Assisi, whose teachings may inform the ways in which today’s leaders motivate a workforce and deal with uncertainty. Though separated by both time and culture, these 3 men shared common biographical traits that informed their teachings and shaped their ideas about appropriate behaviors for leaders and their subordinates. Compassion, sincerity, wisdom, and trust are traits that all 3 stress as vital for leaders trying to accomplish meaningful goals in the face of adversity.

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Crozier Garcia, C. (2013) Brothers from Different Mothers—Confucius, Benedict, and Francis: The Historical Search for Humane Leadership. Journal of Human Resource and Sustainability Studies, 1, 34-42. doi: 10.4236/jhrss.2013.13006.

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