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  1. Introduction
  2. Aristotle's ideas
  3. Civic relationships
  4. Working culture
  5. Leadership model
  6. Conclusion

In many ways, the works of Aristotle have influenced modern way sociological theories and paradigms. For example, Nicomachean ethics was an expression of civic relationships by Aristotle. In Nicomachean ethics, Aristotle defines ideal civic relationships and their dynamic. This paper will examine Aristotle's view of civic relationships and make comparisons the contemporary working places.

Aristotle defines three kinds of friendship, friendships for pleasure, utility and good virtue. In the friendship for utility, the focus of the friendship is based on self. The people who love for utility are motivated by some benefit they get from the other person. For example, marriages are meant to be mutually beneficiary. Friendship of pleasure is motivated by pleasurable feelings of each other's company. For example, drinking friends have this kind of relationship. Aristotle proposed that this is the best form of friendship because it results in true happiness. This paper will later show the definition of happiness according to Aristotle.

Regarding justice, Aristotle proposed that there are two types of justice, distributive and rectificatory justice. He proposed the distributive justice deals with the distribution of wealth. For example, a good and hardworking person is rewarded proportionately to his output. Rectifacatory justice on the other hand deals with the relationship between two people. It seeks to create balance by rectifying their differences. He also proposed that is was impossible for a person to suffer injustice voluntarily. He also proposed that though the law cover most cases, it does not always ensure justice in all cases, hence the value of settlement and creating equity.

[...] "What is a great workplace." Great Place to Work. web Sept 2013. [...]

[...] Therefore, pleasure does not represent happiness because people have been known to derive pleasure from impure activities. Happiness is therefore proposes to be the most beautiful activity that realizes the full potential of human beings. Satisfied workers are able to produce to the best of their abilities. Though the initial ideas were intended for the political world, they have been incorporated into social elements in contemporary times. Aristotle also proceeded to show the value of education and culture in creating happiness. Aristotle proposed that extreme emotions illicit intense reactions from people. [...]

[...] For example, in the time of Aristotle, leadership was not to be challenged. Therefore, friendship united; lesser persons to represent their interests against the ruling minority. In contemporary times, there is a consensus that all people are equal. The only difference is their positions; hence, the leadership and working models are different. Despite all these, there are remarkable similarities between the philosophical foundations of working culture and civil friendships. Motivation: in contemporary times, the prowess of a manager is measured against their ability to produce the best result from their workers. [...]

[...] Aristotle proposes that realization of the purpose of living is the key to fulfillment. The achievement of this state of fulfillment is among the greatest motivators (Aristotle 28). For example, he proposed that growth is among the conditions for true happiness. Opportunities to grow also form part of the working experience for the happiest workers in contemporary times. In addition, Aristotle writes that true happiness inspires the best performance in all aspects of life. This implies that given the chance of fulfillment, people will seek to maintain the state and thus work harder. [...]

[...] In the beginning, Aristotle was drawn by the relationship between the form of governance and personal happiness (Aristotle 15). He concluded that the leadership in Athens limited the ability of the people to grow and thus reduced their happiness. He also acknowledged that leadership was important because it provided an environment for workers to grow (Aristotle 15). Therefore, he concluded that personal happiness was inseparable from political leaderships. This is the case in contemporary times, though the shift to democratic leadership implies that the people are more empowered to affect their leadership and thus mitigate the negative effects. [...]

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