MacArthur School of Leadership and Palm Beach Atlantic University
Event or Conference:
International Leadership Association (ILA) 2018 Anniversary Global Conference
Over 100 years ago, Theodore Roosevelt, 26th U.S. President, coined what is now a famous saying: “Do what you can with what you have and where you are at.” This quote embodies the quality of empowerment to do something while simultaneously dissolving personal excuses for not doing anything. It also embodies the concept of Prudence to apply practicability and common sense to life situations of which Theodore Roosevelt (TR) “is known for his appreciation of life’s struggles and for a bedrock belief that people can create major change with sufficient motivation and hard work” (Camargo & Roosevelt, 2015, p. 696) and thus, promote authentic leadership for progress, peace, and prosperity.
This interactive roundtable explores Prudence as a construct in practical behaviors of good judgment and common sense in care and thought for the future. Prudence is based in theoretical context of self-leadership, individual performance, and leadership styles: Transformational, Transactional, and Laissez-faire. Questions to guide the discussion include the following:
What enables a leader to behave prudently?
Can a leader be prudent without having resources and talents (skills and abilities)? Why or Why not?
Can a leader be prudent if he/she perceives a deficiency in their current state of being? Why or Why not?
What leadership examples can you think of that embody prudence for peace and prosperity?
Camargo, C.A., and Roosevelt, T. (2015). The misunderstood asthma of Theodore Roosevelt. American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Special Article 3(5), 696-701.