Popular Good Will as a Leadership Attribute in the Writings of Isocrates

Popular Good Will as a Leadership Attribute in the Writings of Isocrates

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Abstract

This case study illustrates the importance of goodwill, if coordinated with an informed view, opinion, or judgment (doxa) and opportune moment (kairos). It examines Isocrates’ concept and use of goodwill (eunoia) in his speeches Nicocles, On the Peace and Antidosis. Students will start by reflecting on the modern concept of emotional intelligence (EI) and the definition of goodwill by Aristotle, then analyze how Isocrates (436–338 BCE) uses goodwill as a precursor of emotional intelligence. They will examine the role of the teacher as an advisor to leaders such as Nicocles, the king of Cyprus, and Timotheus, the Athenian general. Then, they will be asked to discuss the role of Isocrates in advising leaders on the use of goodwill and the configuration of goodwill–judgment–opportune moment. Students ...

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