07.Aristotle & Character

07.Aristotle & Character - Watch your thoughts they...

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Unformatted text preview: Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny. – Annapolis Middle School poster Week 7: Aristotle & Character Why Does a Military Leader Require Character? • Explain the Golden Mean and its relationship to virtue • Explain the concept of habituation • Understand how trait excess and deficiency affects decision-making • Understand relationship between morality and character Moral Awareness (Observe) Moral Analysis (Orient) Moral Reasoning (Decide) Moral Courage (Act) • Motives to do the act • Consequences of the act • Character of the actor Why Does a Leader Require Character? (recall Strategic Deliverable #1) “Mission Accomplished” • Operational success • Shining example to troops Do the right thing consistently: “even when no one is watching” Morals Know what is right Leadership Professional Competency Character Do what is right Virtues of honesty, integrity, etc Weeks 2-6; 9 Next 2 weeks Why Does a Leader Require Character? (recall Strategic Deliverable #1) Colonel dances with Sergeant of U.S. Combined Forces Command during a New Year celebration at their base in Kabul, Afghanistan (Associated Press wire photo) Will this impact how Colonel leads his troops tomorrow? How about the Sergeant? Why Does a Leader Require Character? (recall Strategic Deliverable #1) Virtue Ethics: “How Do I Live A Good Life?” • Promote eudaimonia – fulfill human function (ultimate good, telos ) ¾ NOT subjective; NOT based upon pleasure! ¾ Regulated by human reason ( logos ) • Character ( ethos ) = Morality + Intellect Æ excellence is virtue ¾ “ Disposition which makes good man……and perform his function well ” – he/she has innate capacity for virtue • First...
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