What does it mean to live a life of love and virtue?

Welcome to Cultivating Virtue in Leaders (CViL).

The CViL Project seeks to help educational leaders and those aspiring to become educational leaders to understand and cultivate the virtue-based practices that will help them thrive in what we know are extremely demanding and immensely influential careers.

Noble Purpose
“Everyone has a purpose in life…a unique gift or special talent to give to others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of goals.” -- Deepak Chopra
Humility
“Humility is the mother of all virtues; purity, charity and obedience. It is in being humble that our love becomes real, devoted and ardent.” -- Mother Teresa
Gratitude
“We think of gratitude as a coda, an add-on, something that comes at the end. But in fact, gratitude is the beginning. And when we practice it, it sets off a chain reaction of positive benefits.”-- Ariana Huffington
Courage
“Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles. Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances.” -- Martin Luther King Jr.
Forgivness
“Reconciliation does not mean forgetting or trying to bury the pain of conflict, but that reconciliation means working together to correct the legacy of past injustice.” -- Nelson Mandela.
Empowerment
“I think education is power. I think that being able to communicate with people is power. One of my main goals on the planet is to encourage people to empower themselves." -- Oprah Winfrey
Foresight
“The future depends on what we do in the present.” -- Mahatma Gandhi
Stewardship
"Average leaders raise the bar on themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar." -- Orrin Woodward

CViL focuses on cultivating 8 character virtues

Noble Purpose

Sense of purpose is created throughout life’s journey and encapsulates one’s personal values, goals and identity.

Humility

Servant leaders with humility are aware of their own strengths and weaknesses and are able to see and admit their mistakes. 

Gratitude

Servant leaders have the feeling of thankful appreciation for and recognition of the good things one receives.

Courage

Servant leaders challenge conventional models of working behaviors. It is essential for innovation and creativity.

Forgiveness

Servant leaders forgive when confronted with offenses, arguments, and mistakes.

Empowerment

Servant leaders take an active interest in the growth and well being of everyone in the organization.

Foresight

Servant leaders understand the lessons from the past, the realities of the present, and the likely consequence of a decision for the future.

Stewardship

Servant leaders hold their institutions in trust for the greater good of society.

CViL was developed by the Center for Character and Citizenship in the College of Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis with funding from the John Templeton Foundation and Kern Family Foundation.