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“The Greats on Leadership”

With Special Guest Jocelyn Davis

I had the pleasure of interviewing Jocelyn Davis on my show Cultural Brilliance Radio. Jocelyn is an author of business books, and consultant with twenty-five years’ experience in the corporate learning industry. Before founding her company, Seven Learning, she was head of research and development for The Forum Corporation, a global leadership development firm. She is the author of “The Greats on Leadership: Classic Wisdom for Modern Managers”, co-author of “Strategic Speed: Mobilize People, Accelerate Execution”, and has published widely on leadership, strategy execution, and workplace learning.

Below is an article written by the Conscious Business Radio team about the show.


Cultural Brilliance helps you experience groundbreaking ways to transform your company’s culture. Host Claudette Rowley invites some of the foremost experts on organizational culture to help understand how to make a brilliant culture the rule rather than the exception.

Claudette had the opportunity to speak with Jocelyn Davis, author of “The Greats on Leadership: Classic Wisdom for Modern Managers”. Jocelyn’s book takes a tour of the best leaders and leadership ideas throughout history, and the application of these ideas to current leadership. With twenty-five years’ experience in the corporate learning industry, Jocelyn Davis has published extensively on leadership, strategy execution, and workplace learning. Her clients have included companies such as Microsoft, Disney, and Unilever. Her next book, coming out in Spring 2019, is titled “The Art of Quiet Influence: Eastern Wisdom and Mindfulness for Everyday Work”. Known as an exceptional leader herself, Jocelyn is the recipient of awards for excellence in management and product innovation. She holds an M.A. in Philosophy, and is currently working on an M.A. is Eastern Classics at St. John’s College, Sante Fe.

Today’s discussion starts with Jocelyn explaining what prompted her to write her book “The Greats on Leadership”. She says it started when she was an employee of a company called The Forum Corporation (now known as Achieve Forum).  Jocelyn spent twenty-three  with them, facilitating leadership training for large companies. During this time, she was steeped in world of leadership and how to teach people to be better leaders. Eventually, she worked her way up to the head of R&D – doing research and developing cutting edge leadership training programs . During this time, her husband was teaching s at a liberal arts college called St. John’s, where they teach all subjects  via classic authors and ancient thinkers While she was working in leadership development, she was watching her husband teach at this College, and had an brilliant idea:  To marry a classical education format with leadership development and to write a book about how good leaders could evolve into great leaders by immersing themselves in these classic authors.

Jocelyn goes on to explain that the concept behind the book is leadership is a form of practical wisdom. It’s about weaving  the practical art of leadership with  wisdom, and then figuring out how to apply that wisdom to your everyday work. When she immersed herself in the old books and the masterminds of history, she also learned that none of it was new. Although we think we’re coming up with these radically new ideas – we’re really just scratching the surface, and bringing up ideas that people have been talking about for centuries. Some of the people in her book – Shakespeare, Winston Churchill, Machievelli, Jane Austen – these are great thinkers, the real leadership gurus, because they’ve got that depth of wisdom.



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