Conceptualising managerial and leadership wisdom - how many wise managers and leaders do you know?

Pedersen, Cec and Ellsum, William (2006) Conceptualising managerial and leadership wisdom - how many wise managers and leaders do you know? In: ANZAM 2006: Management: Pragmatism, Philosophy, Priorities, 6-9 Dec 2006, Yeppoon, Australia.

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Abstract

The term ‘wisdom’ is used frequently in terms of managerial and leadership functioning and development. However, when asked ‘How many wise managers and leaders do you know?’ most people struggle to firstly name people and secondly, to explain what ‘wise or wisdom’ means because they tend to consider wisdom from a particular paradigm – philosophical, spiritual, cultural, psychological or ethical. This conceptual paper raises different perceptions of the meaning of ‘wisdom’ before broadly critiquing literature that deals with wisdom in terms of philosophical, spiritual, cultural, psychological and ethical constructs. This leads to summations that wisdom is largely contextual –someone might be considered wise in one context but not in another – and that a knowledgeable person is not necessarily a wise person. However, wisdom appears to comprise elements of knowledge, integrity and compassion. The paper then discusses wisdom as an ethical construct in management and leadership and concludes with a conceptual discussion of the vexed question ‘can wisdom be developed?’


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Awarded ‘Best Paper’ in the Management Education & Development Stream. No evidence of copyright restrictions.
Depositing User: Mr Cec Pedersen
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Management and Organisational Behaviour
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:51
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:39
Uncontrolled Keywords: wisdom; managerial wisdom; philosophical wisdom; spiritual wisdom; cultural wisdom; ethical wisdom
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220102 Business Ethics
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150310 Organisation and Management Theory
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): B Economic Development > 91 Economic Framework > 9102 Microeconomics > 910202 Human Capital Issues
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/1757

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