Journey to Wise Leadership: Choosing the Inner Path
We’re mutually traversing some of the most perplexing times in recent history. Wisdom isn’t a destination; it’s a transcendent journey of self-discovery within the unique world we have defined for ourselves. There are many forms of wisdom: wise decisions, wise leadership, etc. In her book The Corner of Fourth and Nondual, Cynthia Bourgeault says, “Wisdom, like water, is itself clear and formless, but it necessarily assumes the shape and coloration of the container in which it is captured.”
You may know leaders who are very smart but lack wisdom. Smart leaders sometimes fall prey to the myth that they are all-powerful yet, despite that illusion, can still navigate successfully within their organization. However, they may only see the organization as a means toward self-gain and miss the opportunity to develop the organization to a more significant potential at the same time. Wise leaders are people who move past the limitations of only being smart.
So, how can we acquire wisdom, and can we expedite its acquisition? Becoming wise is a very personal quest. It is only through our own experiences, learning how to cope with the major tragedies and dilemmas embedded within the leadership journey, that we discover our own capacities and learn how to develop wisdom. As Marcel Proust said, “We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.”
PeopleSavvy has implemented a wisdom development process that facilitates each leader in developing their own innate wisdom. We work with senior leaders individually or in small groups. We use a small group process when working with emerging leaders. If you’d like to know more, please contact us for a free discovery call. Please use the Contact form on this website.