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What is Virtuous leadership? by Alexandre Havard


Strathmore Business School
Director of the Harvard Institute of Virtuous Leadership

Alexandre Havard (born 1962) is the author of Virtuous Leadership: An Agenda for Personal Excellence (New York, 2007) and Created for Greatness: The Power of Magnanimity (Washington, 2011). Since 2007 "Virtuous Leadership" has been translated into 20 languages.

Alexandre Havard is also the founder of the Virtuous Leadership Institute(VLI), which promotes the classical virtues as the basis of effective leadership.

Born in France, A. Havard studied law in Paris (1981-1986) and served as a barrister in Strasbourg (1987-1989) and Helsinki. Since 2007, he has been living and working in Moscow.

Alexandre Havard's father, Cyril Havard (1929-), is the son of Russian emigrants, Pavel Havard-Dianin (1903-1980) and Nina Anossova (1903-1998), who fled Saint Petersburg during the Bolshevik Revolution and settled, in the early 1920s, in Paris. His mother, Irene Gedevanishvili (1938-2011), is the daughter of Artchil Gedevanishvili (1898-1971), a Georgian aristocrat, who left the Soviet Union in 1926 and settled in Paris where he married Madeleine Ducrocq (1898-1975), the daughter of a French Army General.

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