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Healing the Wounds: Overcoming the Trauma of Layoffs and Revitalizing Downsized Organizations by David M. Noer

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13.1. Developing Philosopher-Kings: Learning from Plato

There is much to be said for experience. An intriguing model is Plato's proposal for the development of philosopher-kings. After passing three successively more difficult examinations that would weed out all but a very few, the remainder of the candidates would be allowed to study philosophy. These candidates would be at least thirty years old and would spend five years in rigorous philosophical training. They would then return to society for fifteen years and earn a living with no special privileges. At age fifty, they would have the knowledge and experience necessary to assume a position of leadership.

Of course, this is not a workable way for us to train leaders today, but the combination ...

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