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Lead with Wisdom: How Wisdom Transforms Good Leaders into Great Leaders by Mark Mark Strom Strom

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CHAPTER 1

Wisdom

Wisdom is the stuff of life

We know it when we see it

Plato recalled Socrates saying, ‘the unexamined life is not worth living’. Whether the old sage was right, we cannot say. But what we surely can say is that the unreflective life seldom leads to wisdom.

No definition will do wisdom justice. It’s simply too vast, subtle, and profound. Yet wisdom is not utterly mysterious to us: we recognise it in the words, actions and characters of people. Perhaps, like love, we know wisdom more tacitly than overtly: we know more than we can say or define. We know love, and wisdom, as much by its absence as its presence, and we can discern ...

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