The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership: Classical wisdom for modern leaders

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The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership: Classical wisdom for modern leaders

M A Soupios and Panos Mourdoukoutas

What can business leaders learn from the philosophers of ancient civilisation?

The authors Soupios and Mourdoukoutas believe that successful modern day leaders like Bill Gates or Steve Jobs have benefited from an inner clarity that allows for full concentration on the challenges at hand. The American scholars propose that wisdom from the greatest thinkers of the ancient world, such as Aristotle, Plato, and Sophocles, can help people widen their perspective in the long and difficult path to authentic leadership.

The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership explores the core idea that great leadership must come from within – with a deep analysis and questioning of yourself and your own motives before you try to lead others. This concise book presents a summary of ten big philosophical ideas, supported by theoretical examples, to help leaders develop their own philosophy:

 Leadership is not the same as management…Only those men and women who have developed a carefully conceived philosophy of life are capable of genuine leadership”

M A Soupios and Panos Mourdoukoutas



Another nugget of wisdom from Antisthenes is the suggestion that there are only two people who will tell you the truth about yourself – an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly. That’s not a bad starting point for re-thinking your own leadership approach.


About the authors M. A. Soupios, PhD, is professor of political philosophy at Long Island University, where he has taught for more than 30 years. He holds eight graduate degrees including four earned doctorates. Panos Mourdoukoutas, PhD, is professor of economics at Long Island University. A regular contributor to, he has been published in The New York Times, The Japan Times, Newsday, and other publications.

Reviews “Fortunately, there are books such as The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership to remind us that the past is rich in experience. Many things that were true 2,500 years ago, argue MA Soupios and Panos Mourdoukoutas, are still true today” Financial Times


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Book Details

Author: M A Soupios and Panos Mourdoukoutas

ISBN: 978-0814434673