Synopses & Reviews
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.
'Mark Strom accomplishes a truly extraordinary task: illuminating how wisdom drives leadership. His approach is intellectually fascinating and practically simple, and reflects the impressive existential depth of his own life's course.'
Pierre Gurdjian Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company, Brussels
'A powerful, compelling and beautifully observed map of leadership.'
Sir Robert 'Bob' Harvey, KNZM, QSO Chair, Auckland Waterfront Authority
'Poignant, elegant, substantive, profound, simple.'
THEARY SENG President, CIVICUS, Phnom Penh
Wisdom is the ability to discern and act on meaningful patterns in human experience. As philosopher of leadership Mark Strom explains, it is the defining quality that makes the difference between a good leader and a great one.
Lead with Wisdom draws upon the richest ideas from history's greatest thinkers, showing how we can shape our lives through words, relationships, conversations, stories, and much more. This results in powerful lessons on how to leverage the insights of wisdom for deep, even game-changing, results.
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.
Table of Contents
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