In Search of Executive Wisdom

“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go but ought to be.”  ~ Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady

Every person in an executive role aspires to be wise and is expected to exercise wisdom in their decisions. Unfortunately, far too often senior leaders are more concerned with meeting the numbers and fail to come close to being astute over the long term.

The question is, can wisdom be practiced as a leadership competency in today’s incredibly complex environment of corporate governance? What are the consequences of ignoring it?

While volumes have been written about it over the ages, from philosophers and theologians to psychologists, it remains hard to define. Everyone believes they know it when they see it, especially in retrospect, without being able to pinpoint how or why.

We crave wisdom and hope our decisions will be viewed that way. We strive for brilliant decision-making in business, career, and work situations, and even more so when it comes to family, community, and moral issues.

This article defines the elements of wisdom, how it shows up in corporate leadership, and suggests questions to explore and develop your own ability to be wise.

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  • Defining Wisdom
  • Finding Wisdom
  • Wisdom in Action
  • The Contradictions of Wisdom
  • 8 Pillars of Wisdom
  • Business Intelligence
  • Social Intelligence
  • Business Compassion
  • Developing Your Wisdom

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