Published by the Center for the Study of The Great Ideas (founded in 1990 by Mortimer J. Adler and Max Weismann)
In association with the The Adler-Aquinas Institute and Aquinas School of Leadership
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

15 Points Proposed by the Aquinas School of Leadership to help Resolve the Current, Global Leadership Deficit Problem

Below are 15 founding principles of the Aquinas School of Leadership that we believe, if accepted and followed, could help reverse the growing global leadership deficit problem:

(1) Things (organizational wholes) exist independently of the human mind.
(2) Organizational wholes are composed of essentially relatable organizational parts (an organizational unity within a thing that constitutes a "truth in things”). 
(3) These organizational wholes have a chief organizational, or corporate, activity (an organizational aim or end) that all the parts of the organization cooperate harmoniously to realize and, in principle, most human beings can know.
(4) Human knowing faculties of sense and intellect are generally reliable and, most of the time, can adequately apprehend, sometimes with and sometimes without, the help of technology, truth (organizational unity) in things.
(5) An analogous unity of truth exists among things and the human knowing faculties.
(6) Truth in the human intellect chiefly consists in analogously relating in an act of judgment (mental organization) the part/whole relationships (organizational unity) that exists within organizational wholes.
(7) The way things act reflect, are signs of, a relationship of organizational wholeness (unity) existing among parts of a multitude, which possess this wholeness through unequal relation of each part to each other through unequal relation to a leading part through which a common organizational aim is chiefly communicated to all the parts.
(8)  An art or science grows out of a human habit to which a subject known relates, that the subject known helps generate and activate within a natural human knowing faculty.
(9) Every art, science, or philosophical activity grows out of the experiential relationship between the specific habit of an artist, scientist, or philosopher and a known and improvable material or subject that activates the habit.
(10) Eliminate one of the essential parts of this relationship, and the activity can no longer exist.
(11) The relation between the artist or scientist and the artistic or scientific subject known generates the habit and act of art and science; the two are essentially connected.
(12) Eliminate one or the other extreme of the relationship and the artistic, scientific, or philosophical activity becomes destroyed.
(13) We take the nature, divisions, and methods, of all experience, art, philosophy/science, and leadership, from an essential relationship between human habits existing within human faculties and a known material, or known subject, that activates these human abilities.
(14) Western culture is presently experiencing a widespread leadership deficit. 
(15) Culturally to renew sound leadership within the West and the world today, Western culture would be well served to reunite the whole of human reason with the principles of knowing described above.

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