In this episode of Both Success And Integrity With Bessi Graham, Bessi is joined by Tom Morris, a former professor of philosophy at Notre Dame and current public philosopher, to discuss the importance of philosophy and wisdom in leadership principles.

Drawing on the insights of ancient thinkers such as Aristotle and Xenophon, Tom believes that business should be more than just a profit-making machine, but rather a tool for human good. We discuss the need for individual leaders to work on themselves and their leadership principles in order to positively impact the world, and touch upon topics such as polis as a partnership for living well and the power of language. We also delve into the challenges of leadership, including the effects of power on the brain and the dangers of surrounding oneself with yes-men. This episode offers valuable insights for leaders seeking to lead with purpose and make a positive impact on the world.

Also in this episode:

  • The three elements of partnership
  • A one-dimensional mindset in modern life
  • The greatest book on leadership ever written
  • Marcus Aurelius, the emperor of Rome, and his personal journal, The Meditations
  • The paradox of power and how it plays out.
  • Epictetus and the chains of enslavement.
  • The seven universal conditions for success in any challenging endeavor

My Experience With Tom Morris:

He’s been called the world’s happiest philosopher. Wherever he goes, Tom brings the wisdom of the ages into the challenges of everyday life with high energy and good humor. I can personally vouch for Tom as the world’s happiest philosopher as well as for his generosity, kindness, and willingness to treat each person as valuable and worthy of his time. I met Tom when I was twenty and was struck by the way he sat with me, gave me his time, thoughts, and insightful questions when I’m sure he had far better things to do and more “important” people to be meeting with. As a lost twenty-year-old Australian travelling around the world my time with Tom was influential and one I will never forget. I am so thrilled to have him on the podcast, and I know his wisdom will inspire you to think and reflect more in your journey as a business leader.  

About Tom Morris: 

Tom Morris is one of the most active public philosophers in the world. For fifteen years, Tom Morris was one of Notre Dame’s most popular professors, often having in class one eighth of the entire student body. He now serves as a public philosopher and works to rediscover the greatest ideas that have ever been thought or written. Tom is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead-Cain Scholar. He holds a double PhD from Yale University, and has won many awards in the academic world, including the University of North Carolina’s Distinguished Young Alumnus award, an honor he shares with former basketball great, Michael Jordan.   Tom is a prolific author, his widely acclaimed 12th book, True Success, launched him into a new role as America’s most active public philosopher dealing with issues of success and personal growth. His next book, If Aristotle Ran General Motors, followed up with advice from ancient thinkers linking happiness and excellence. His more recent books include The Art of Achievement, The Stoic Art of Living, and that extremely popular, big yellow book often seen in college dorms the night before final exams, Philosophy for Dummies.  

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About Bessi Graham:

With over 20 years of experience working with business owners, governments, and large funding bodies to bring “doing good” and “making money” back together, my experience spans from the grassroots of sitting in the dirt working with business owners across the Pacific Islands through to the United Nations in Geneva. This has given me an unparalleled perspective on what makes change happen. 

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31. Deciphering Ancient Leadership Principles: A Conversation About The Importance Of Philosophy and Ancient Wisdom For Your Business | feat. Tom Morris

Both Success And Integrity: Doing Well By Doing Good Inside Your Business with Bessi Graham