The 12 Virtues of Leadership – General Leadership

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Of the many timeless accomplishments of the ancient Greeks, perhaps none is as important as their documenting the significance of virtues: a basic moral guide to good living. Virtues serve as the cornerstone of our ability to consistently bring out the best in ourselves as well as those around us. In fact, the great philosopher Aristotle’s first rule for being good is that there are no rules. Excelling as a leader, in his view, is about doing the best thing you can in each situation you face.

Matthew Fritz‘s insight:

We would be wise to remember that we strengthen our character through the habitual practice of sound moral habits we call virtues. As we routinely practice these virtues we strengthen the quality of our minds, our wills, and our hearts. Enabling us to little-by-little become the kind of leader we want to be and others deserve to see.

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Matthew Fritz is a leader and mentor in the field of complex organizational change, emotional intelligence, and organization strategy. A successful DoD senior-acquisition program manager and test leader, Matt has earned documented success in the areas of test and evaluation, assessment, technology development and flight operations. He has specialized experience in cost, schedule and performance management and is an active duty Field-Grade Officer with command-experience in the United States Air Force. Matt is also a certified acquisition professional, as well as a certified Emotional Intelligence Trainer/Practitioner. He is the Author of an instructional book entitled, “Leveraging Your LinkedIn Profile for Success” and actively blogs with other military leaders at, as well as his personal blog at He and his wife, Stacy, enjoy life with their daughter and son in New Mexico.

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