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Leaders Understand the Virtue of Justice
The Triad of Justice
In positive psychology the virtue of justice is represented by three character strengths. These are fairness, membership, and leadership.
To be leaders in our communities, families, or business, it is essential to understand the virtue of justice.
Leaders understand the importance of fairness, and know how to bring people together in membership with the spirit of teamwork.  
Leadership is conveyed by those that guide people to making influential change and progress.
Leadership Requires Courage
  • To lead people calls for courage, and leadership requires all the attributes of the courage triad: strength, self-confidence, and courage.
  • Through demonstrating the 7 virtues and various character strengths, leaders gain the trust and respect of people.  
  • Without courage and other virtues and strengths, a person will not be able to possess the inner qualities necessary for leadership.
It takes courage to lead others, and virtue to gain their trust and respect.  
One of the first steps to becoming a leader is developing your virtues and character strengths.  When you know which virtues you value most, and what your natural strengths are, developing leaderships skills and qualities will come more easily.  
Leaders stand for a cause and purpose, and when your virtues, values, and strengths align with your purpose you will be in a good position to lead.  
Leaders Use their Strengths t0 Bring Value and Service to People
  • Leaders guide, serve, and bring value to other people lives.  This can take various forms such as providing education, jobs, serving their needs, creating innovative products, or inspiring them in some way.
  • To bring value to people, leaders must understand what people need and value, and then be able to deliver it to them. 
  • By understanding the needs of people, leaders are able to fill the gaps in peoples lives. With the virtue of justice, the best leaders bring value and service to people in ways which substantially alter their lives for the better.  Additionally, when we provide true value to others we gain their respect, appreciation, loyalty, business, friendship, and love. 
Leaders Educate, Inspire and Empower
  • Leaders empower people with knowledge, skills and inspiration.  
  • Leaders acknowledge the strengths and abilities of people, and work to help them become their best.
  • As a leader it is important to guide people in realizing their fullest potential.  
Leaders Build Relations, Teams and Organizations
  • Leaders bring people together with common ideas, values and intentions.
  • Leaders understand that when people are part of a membership, it gives their lives meaning, order and purpose.
Leaders Take Action
  • Leaders have clearly defined purposes and goals, and work to attain them.
  • Leaders evaluate, prioritize and use prudence to determine how to navigate situations.
  • Leaders take courageous actions to attain their goals. 


Though we often think of justice in a legal and political sense, justice pertains to any situation in which we are connected to other people. In essence, justice demonstrates a concern for peace and the genuine respect of other people. For this reason, the virtue of justice is important to understand and apply to many areas of life.  We can utilize the teachings of justice in our friendships, businesses, organizations, communities and families. In fact, wherever we are in membership with other people, the virtue of justice will be necessary to maintain and enrich social harmony.  

 Cultivating justice into our lives takes us beyond ourself,

and moves us for the benefit of other people.


Justice represents the fair and moral treatment of people; and as such, it stands for the equitable and respectful balance between people. With the virtue of justice we look out for the good of others, and work to make our communities and world a better place for everyone.  Cultivating justice into our lives takes us beyond ourself, and moves us for the benefit of other people. In moving beyond our own concerns and focusing on the lives of others, a profound sense of meaning, purpose and fulfillment can be found.


It is from the virtue of justice, that many of our modern rights, freedoms and successes come from.  Democracy, women’s rights, social movements, civil rights, human rights, access to healthcare and education, are all driven by the desire and need for greater justice in the world. Many of the greatest successes in modern civilization stem from people striving for justice. Our finest historical figures fought for fairness and equality, while embodying justice deeply into their lives. The likes include Abraham Lincoln, Nelson Mandela, Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.  Additionally, each of these men were great leaders as they inspired, motivated, organized and moved people to change the world for the better. 


If not for the struggles of the generations before, that fought for freedom, equality, and justice we would not enjoy the successes that our societies now have. Our success today rests on the foundation of great people that have come before us. Similarly, in this interconnected world of modern technology, our desire for success and happiness needs to be considered against the backdrop of humanity and globalization. Interconnection and interdependence are synonymous, and our individual success and happiness is also dependent on the success and well-being of others. Understanding this is of paramount importance, as neither success or happiness can be an isolated individual experience. Honoring our interdependence, and the joys that come from being in membership with people is a hallmark of justice, equality, and leadership.    

In this interconnected world of modern technology, our desire for success and happiness needs to be considered against the backdrop of humanity and globalization.

The Virtue of Justice

The above text is from the book: 7 Virtues for Success and Happiness