Fred Pieplow

The Ancient Art of Leadership

The philosophy of leadership has been written about almost since the beginning of recorded history. I am always amazed at how the basics of leadership are the same today as they were centuries ago.

In his book The Conviction to Lead, Dr. Albert Mohler, Jr. compares leaders to teachers. He describes the philosophy of the fifth century African Bishop, Augustine. Two of the basics taught by Augustine are: 1) the teacher loves the one he teaches and 2) the teacher loves what he teaches. He said that the goal of teaching is to see every student instructed, delighted, and moved.

Mohler goes on to demonstrate how leaders are teachers, “Leadership happens when followers develop nothing less than delight in knowing the convictions that shape the organization, seeing themselves as a part of the organization’s story, and finding themselves in its narrative.”

“Leaders want to see every member of the organization learn what must be done, and why. Leaders are not satisfied until every individual understands the mission, embraces it, and brings others into it” Says Mohler.

Take a close look at your team.  Do the people you count on to lead believe they can shape the organization and be the author of part of its story?  Do your leaders understand the organization’s story (mission) and how they fit into it?  Are they telling the story so that others see themselves woven into the fabric of the organization?

If not, or you are not sure, it may be time to revisit your story and write it in such a way that everyone on the team has an important part in the narrative.

You can find more writings from Dr. Mohler, Jr. at and more on Bishop Augustine at


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Fred Pieplow
Fred Pieplow is a business strategist who uses his talent for asking highly impactful questions to help businesses understand how each decision impacts their cash, the lifeblood of their company. He is passionate about uncovering hidden opportunities that create explosive business growth. In 2009 Fred was named a "Michigan Entrepreneur of Distinction" by Corp! Magazine.
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2 Responses to The Ancient Art of Leadership

  1. Sabrina Starling PhD, PCC, BCC Sabrina Schleicher PhD, PCC, BCC says:

    This is a great reminder, Fred. We get bogged down in the day to day running of our business forget we have a story. Every employee coming in needs to know that story and see their role in it.

  2. Rodrigo Laddaga says:

    This is so true Fred!, is very easy to forget this essential piece of the effective leadership on the busy day by day operations of the business. So the question will be, what specific activities can the leaders of the organizations make every day, every week, every month, to do this, to assure that every person in the small business is getting engage on the business purpose.

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