Leading With Wisdom 

There is a vast difference between Knowledge and Wisdom. Knowledge is forever changing. It is accumulating. And, it is transformational. However, without Wisdom, Knowledge can misused and even dangerous.

Wisdom is having the sense to know what to do with Knowledge. And, it has been a recognized staple of leadership since the beginning of time—which begs the question: why have so many leaders abandoned it?

Without Wisdom, nations can lead themselves to war. Without Wisdom, corporations can follow pathways to greed. Without Wisdom people make poor decisions that can derail good intention.

The Goddess of Wisdom: A Symbol of Wisdom in Leadership

Athena- Goddess of WisdomMythology is often noted for creating systems of perfection, where evil is balanced by good, and where strengths and weaknesses offer perspective into reality. Consider the Greek goddess Athena who was frequently called upon to settle disputes between the gods or various mortals. Sometimes referred to as the Goddess of War, Athena was also known as the “Goddess of Wisdom." She was known for her superb logic and intellect—knowledge based attributes. However, Athena’s decisions were usually well-considered, highly ethical, and seldom motivated by self-interest. And, they revealed her great compassion as well. Leadership, at its essence, requires two things—wisdom and power, whether it be the two great statues at the Confucian Temple—a warrior with a sword and a scholar with a book, or too often in Western gardens—the knight and the monk. True leadership requires both.

Great leadership requires great wisdom. The questions is; where did it go and how do we get it back? For answers, we need to ask Cleo, the Greek Goddess of History to understand our role.

The Triangles: Leadership for Change

Triangles of Englightened Conservatism


Meaning of the Triangles

Within the most famous writings that have affected society, it is not the definitions alone that create an impact, but it is the context in which those writings were presented. Confucius, as an example, is known for the Analects, which are mainly a collection of sayings. The Bible and other great texts give guidance as to ideas that are organizing principles that can be adapted to the times and beyond.

As we analyze change in the world, context is critical because there is a constant friction between the necessity of change and remaining status quo. The Triangles of The Language of Conscience is model represents that friction, and a framework of thought that allows for context. The world is driven by forces, powers, formations, and cultures that operate in this context.

This model is a trigger to help organize a new way of thinking about change and leadership. Everyone has a different background that makes them unique. But, if conscience is their guiding force and operating principle, this model helps magnify opportunities for leadership. It helps pattern thought for effectiveness and wisdom.

The Triangles reveal the balance between change and the status quo, which is the power of history brought forth by the current culture, with the unappreciated concept of personal dignity. It is personal dignity, which is the balancing factor, because when people no longer feel as if they have control of their lives, anxiety turns to anger, and anger changes the person’s sense of dignity. This balance is the linchpin for the future. This balance is the linchpin between great leadership, and great change.

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