Gravitas

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Gravitas was one of the Roman virtues,[1] along with pietas, severitas, gravity and self-control of disciplina, dignitas, and virtus, that were particularly appreciated in leaders. It may be translated variously as weight, seriousness, dignity, and importance and connotes a certain substance or depth of personality. It also conveys a sense of responsibility and commitment to the task.[1] In the British education system, gravitas was seen as one of the pillars of the moral formation of the English gentleman during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Many Roman philosophers praised constantia (perseverance, endurance and courage), dignitas and gravitas as the most important virtues, this is because it made dignified men capable. The men of the ruling upper and upper-middle classes were educated in a public school system where Classical language and literature formed basic elements of the curriculum.[2][3]

In the UK House of Commons, the quality is known as "bottom".[4]

Greek presence[edit]

Aristotle identified three essentials of persuasive communication—a big component of personal presence:

  1. Logical argument (the ability to articulate your points clearly)
  2. Emotion (the ability to create or control emotion in your listeners)
  3. Character (the ability to convey integrity and goodwill)

Modern concepts[edit]

Self-monitoring questions can determine expressive behavior and affective display. Self-monitoring questions can include, to ask ourselves with; am I staying neutral, hindering direction or am I helping to contribute with my participation?[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Apuzzo, L.J.; Michael, M.D. (August 2006). "Gravitas, Severitas, Veritas, Virtus". Neurosurgery. 59 (2): 219. doi:10.1227/00006123-200608000-00001. Archived from the original on 2016-12-20. Retrieved 6 December 2016.
  2. ^ Hingley, Richard (1996). "The 'legacy' of Rome: the rise, decline, and fall of the theory of Romanization". Roman imperialism : post-colonial perspectives. Leicester Archaeology Monographs. Webster, J.; Cooper, N. (3): 37. ISBN 0951037765. The men of the ruling upper and upper-middle classes were educated in a public school system where Classical language and literature formed basic elements of the curriculum. Greek and Roman concepts, in particular the significant Roman concept of gravitas, played a fundamental role in the formation of the character of the English gentleman (Mason 1982, 22).
  3. ^ Mason, Philip (1982). The English Gentleman: The Rise and Fall of an Ideal. p. 22.
  4. ^ Austin Mitchell, Sharon Goulds (1982), Westminster Man: A Tribal Anthropology of the Commons People, Thames Methuen, pp. 250, 271, ISBN 9780423003802
  5. ^ Peck, David. "Get Your Gravitas On: 6 Secrets of Executive Presence". www.recoveringleader.com. Retrieved 13 May 2019.