AGATHON ASSOCIATES presents Boston Leadership Builders, our re-introduction to the modern world of classical forms of leadership that were the common patrimony of the West for three millenia. We believe the loss of key skills and virtues of leadership originally described by ancient writers on leadership is disastrous for modern political and social life.

We draw on authors of the antique classical west (Greek and Roman), their successors from the Europe of the Faith, when identifying fundamental skills of leadership. Following the Great Books model, we rely heavily on original sources such as:

  • The Bible
  • Plato
  • Cicero
  • Plutarch
  • Dante
  • Shakespeare
  • The U.S. Founding Fathers
  • It was for the sake of others that I first commenced writing biographies; but I find myself proceeding and attaching myself to it for my own; the virtues of these great men serving me as a sort of looking-glass, in which I may see how to adjust and adorn my own life.
    Plutarch, Life of Timoleon.

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  • POLITICAL AND CIVIC LEADERS Includes: Brief Studies of Great Men, Grammar of American Patriotism, Historic Speeches, Law Library, Leadership Lessons from Plutarch's Lives.
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  • STUDY GROUPS There is nothing to compare to a serious study group as a means to gain insights on leadership. However, people have found that study groups work best when certain ground rules are followed, otherwise the whole experience can be frustrating and a waste of time. Here is our time-tested model for organizing a Plutarch study group.
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  • E-TEXTS The Great Books of Western Civilization, along with selected other works, free online.
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    The purpose of the book is to summarize recent advances in our understanding of leader-follower interactions and to illustrate these principles with the lives of ancient political and military leaders from Greece and Rome. The authors review psychologic, cognitive neuroscientific and evolutionary approaches to leader-follower dynamics and illustrate these dynamics as they played out in the lives of the most eminent of the military and political leaders of the classical world. The authors summarize what is known about leader-follower relations by reviewing all extant papers on the topic in the psychology, neuroscientific and evolutionary psychology literature. The raw material for the book came from Plutarch's compendium of 46 biographies of Greek and Roman leaders.