- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Wrightbooks; 1 edition (April 7, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118637461
- ISBN-13: 978-1118637463
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,898,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lead with Wisdom: How Wisdom Transforms Good Leaders into Great Leaders Paperback – April 7, 2014
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'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.
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People often talk about their leadership journey but reading Mark’s book, I realise that the word “odyssey” is a much better descriptor for leadership. Journeys are often linear and a to b, where an odyssey inevitably involves hardships, adventures, failings and learning. This book takes the reader on an odyssey around the role and the paramountcy of wisdom in leadership. “Leadership needs wisdom and wisdom enriches Leadership.” There is comfort and reassurance in the reminder of the benefits we gain from learning from our mistakes.
The book is logically structured but works not only for the front to back readers, but also the back to front readers and the dip in and roam sort of reader. Every time I pick it up I find another section to challenge my thinking and to provide context around whatever leadership I am witnessing or doing.
The first part looks at the “why” of leadership and wisdom. Having introduced the importance of seeing and reading life’s patterns, Part 2 is the “what”, looking at four every day life patterns, namely: Naming, Conversation, Influence and Character, to see how language shapes reality. Part 3 brings us to the “How” introducing four Arts we can practise but never master in our odyssey: Story, Brilliance, Promise and Grace. The final Part 4, is the “Where”. Mark shares deeply personal stories from his own and his family to explain how the book came together and returning us to the driving context that leadership always comes back to the person so that we lead not from principles or techniques but from who we are.
Picking my favourite bits is really hard because the whole book is a delight but I do admire Mark’s courage in introducing concepts which were either traditionally reserved for our elders or terms not commonly used in the realm of organisational leadership, like: wisdom, grace, brilliance and character.
Mark opens the book talking about building walls and reminding us that the strength of a wall is in the mud/mortar not the bricks and closes with a reminder that it takes mud to lead with wisdom.
I eagerly awaited the publishing of this book, based solely on hearing Mark speak at a Leadership New Zealand function in 2013. I was not disappointed and this book will remain at the top of my most recommended books list for many years to come. Rush out and buy it in hard copy or on Kindle and get dipping and enjoy dwelling on the mud.
The idea that wisdom is related in part to the ability and the willingness to read and interpret the patterns of life is a very healthy and helpful concept.
The practical leadership ideas in this book make a great reference and checklist for the novice and the experienced leader alike.
This book took me on a personal reflective journey and opened my eyes to new approaches.
No clichés or catch phrases, rather good robust wisdom