Leadership Wisdom Journey

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.”

Wisdom is a word that defies a consistent definition. Philosophers, religious scholars, and academic researchers have been working on descriptions of wisdom for thousands of years. One might define wisdom in the way that is often attributed to Aristotle: practical decisions that lead to human flourishing.

You may also 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. 

Leadership wisdom isn’t a destination; it is a transcendent journey of self-discovery within the unique world we have defined for ourselves. Wise leaders are people who move past the limitations of only being smart.

 

Wisdom Development for Individuals and Teams