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Lead with Wisdom

A practical guide for leading others with wisdom, integrity, and humanity This book argues that great leadership requires wisdom. Rather than a formulaic managerial approach to leadership, Lead with Wisdom presents the case for leadership based on our shared humanity and the stories that unite us. What emerges is a model of leadership based on learning to read key patterns of human experience: the way language shapes our reality, how we form new meaning through conversation, how relationships determine influence and how we deal with uncertainty. It presents readers with the tools and illustrated examples to implement the four arts of leading wisely: how to draw out and create a new story in the organization, how to find and leverage the brilliance of people, how to speak with promise to restore meaning and hope, and how to show grace in dealing with the most demanding people and circumstances. * Offers a leadership approach rooted in our shared humanity and the stories which unite and define us * Ideal for corporate leaders, middle managers, administrators, and anyone else with management responsibilities * Written by a popular speaker on leadership and the author of Arts of the Wise Leader, with personal CEO experience and a PhD in the history of ideas * Structured as one key idea per page or double page spread with funky line drawings supporting the concepts and skills For anyone who wants to lead with wisdom, integrity, and humanity, Lead with Wisdom offers a welcome alternative to traditionally robotic and formulaic leadership strategies.
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Table of Contents

Introduction xi PART I WISDOM AND LEADERSHIP 01 The Story Behind Wisdom and Leadership 3 Chapter 1: Wisdom 5 Chapter 2: Leadership 27 PART II PATTERNS 47 The Story Behind Patterns 49 Chapter 3: Naming 51 Chapter 4: Conversation 71 Chapter 5: Influence 95 Chapter 6: Character 113 PART III ARTS 131 The Story Behind Arts 133 Chapter 7: Story 135 Chapter 8: Brilliance 155 Chapter 9: Promise 175 Chapter 10: Grace 193 PART IV APPLYING THE PATTERNS AND ARTS 211 The Story Behind Application 213 Chapter 11: Leader's Journey 215 Chapter 12: Leading One 227 Chapter 13: Leading Many 243 Conclusion 257 Acknowledgements 259 Endnotes 261

About the Author

Mark Strom, PhD, has delivered keynote addresses, seminars and retreats for thousands of leaders around the world. He consults to corporations globally on issues where leadership intersects with strategy, innovation, and engagement.

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