[May 29, 2018] Last year I changed the direction of my blog to focus more on all around leadership rather just singling out senior leaders. What I did not do was fail to seek wisdom in how leaders become who they are, how they are educated in the fine art of leading others; nor did I give up my pursuit of the philosophy of leadership.
Leaders do seek wisdom in what they do; not so much as a practical matter to improve the effectiveness but to reinforce good character formation in themselves. As readers here at theLeaderMaker.com know, I’m neither a philosopher nor am I a psychologist. What I do is take the lessons leaders have given me and formed them into a list of short articles that reinforce these hard-won lessons.
The tradition of seeking wisdom goes back much further than the Western philosophers Socrates or Plato; or even before the Chinese General and philosopher Sun Tzu. My point is not that these philosophers (or whatever they called themselves) were smarter, more wise, or better logical thinkers; it was the pursuit itself that was important and the goal of finding wisdom is their end goal.
They knew, like the greatest leaders throughout history, that only by the interest in and pursuit of wisdom do we approach some semblance of comfort in our abilities to lead people under the most ordinary or most difficult circumstances. This particular way of viewing leadership – as the pursuit of wisdom – is a model as old as the ages themselves.
Newer, more modern pursuits reject wisdom as a function of “old dead white men” and instead find their expression in diversity and politically correct thought. Fairness is the byword of this model of leadership. It is far from clear that this newer way of thinking is a superior model and many, like myself, believe that it will fail dramatically upon the altar of its own complexity.
Effective and moral leadership stands for freedom of thought and the search for good judgment as the foundation of wisdom. That is why I continue this leadership blog and why some will gain from it in their own hunt for wisdom.