1st Edition

Wise Leadership A Toolbox for Sustainable Success

By Eric Kessler Copyright 2021
    372 Pages
    by Routledge

    372 Pages
    by Routledge

    Wise Leadership provides current and emerging leaders with a grounded, intuitive framework to help them understand and master multiple leadership identities, allowing them to adapt seamlessly to different leadership settings and challenges.

    Anchored in a wisdom-based approach, Kessler digs into leadership’s philosophical core to uncover the six fundamental challenges leaders face and presents the corresponding set of six synergistic competencies or tools that readers can develop to solve them. Bridging scholarship with practice, each part of this leadership toolbox is outlined in a clear and consistent way so that readers can learn exactly when, why, and how to use it. The user-friendly format also eases comparison and customization of the different approaches along with a consideration of their strengths and dangers.

    Incorporating colorful examples and practical guidelines, this book will equip both students and professionals with a dynamic repertoire of flexible leadership skills that will help them succeed in any situation.

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    Chapter 1: The PROBLEM – Stupid Smart People

    Chapter 2: The JOURNEY – Paths for Exploring Leadership

    Chapter 3: The SOLUTION – A Model of ‘Wise’ Leadership


    Chapter 4: The MIND of a Leader – How to Use Your Leadership Scientist (Logic) Tools

    Chapter 5: The HEART of a Leader – How to Use Your Leadership Artist (Aesthetics) Tools

    Chapter 6: Looking Deep INSIDE Yourself – How to Use Your Leadership Icon (Ethics) Tools

    Chapter 7: Looking Far OUTSIDE Yourself – How to Use Your Leadership Advocate (Metaphysics) Tools

    Chapter 8: PULLING People Together – How to Use Your Leadership Maestro (Epistemology) Tools

    Chapter 9: PUSHING People Forward – How to Use Your Leadership General (Politics) Tools


    Chapter 10: A SELECTION Guide for the Wise Leader – Customizing your Leadership Approach

    Chapter 11: An OPTIMIZATION Guide for the Wise Leader – Growing your Leadership Strengths

    Chapter 12: A MAINTENANCE Guide for the Wise Leader – Trouble-Shooting your Leadership Exposures

    Appendix A: Summary of Core Wise Leadership Tools

    Appendix B: References for Wise Leadership

    Appendix C: Sample Syllabus for a Wise Leadership Program

    Appendix D: Exercises to Practice Wise Leadership

    Index A: Subject Index

    Index B: People Index


    Eric H. Kessler is a Distinguished University Professor and Henry George Scholar in the Lubin School of Business at Pace University, New York City, USA.