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Virtue or Value

Is it tomaaato or tomato?

Some see it as not a distinction at all.  Yet the words “virtue” and “value” mean two distinctly different things.

Values are chosen.  Virtues are universal.

By building on a foundation of virtues, leaders transform themselves and the teams they lead.

Whether leading a volunteer neighborhood group or guiding a nation, virtues are the anchor.

In our world, The Eight Principles world, philanthropy is guided by universal virtue defining the relationship between giver and receiver.

I recently came across a volume that spoke to me intensely.  Allow me to share it with you.

Sig Berg’s new book, The Virtue Proposition, shows us the path to virtuous leadership. Sig provides actionable insights and practices focused on what he dubs Virtue Intelligence™, providing renewed purpose for leaders of character with the five virtues of love, integrity, truth, excellence, and relationships.

All essential for the free exercise of philanthropy.

Sig’s work fits precisely within The Eight Principles paradigm.  It’s an excellent companion to my book The Eight Principles of Sustainable Fundraising.

With a foreword by Marshall Goldsmith and endorsement from Horst Schulze, these accolades speak volumes.

The book will capture your interest immediately as he frames his work using the story told in the recent motion picture, The Boys in the Boat, as a template.

Sig is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and rowed on the Navy team.  Sig was a naval officer in the nuclear navy, became a Lutheran pastor, then led commercial operations in the nuclear industry and now the founder of the Severn Leadership Group.

He is also the guest in an upcoming episode of Eight Principles Voices podcast.  Look for it soon.

One final note.  If you’re looking to eliminate financial insecurity in your organization or perhaps address a pressing fundraising issue, give us a call.