How Philosophy Makes You A Better Leader
Much of traditional coaching focuses on behavior change, but David Brendel says, "drawing on ancient philosophers...supports people's development of their own personal philosophies and empowers them to reach their highest human aspirations and ideals."
In the face of a serious challenge, dilemma, or crisis, Brendel advises leaders to first contemplate their core values inside a series of "SANE" questions:
- Socrates: What is the most challenging question someone could ask me about my current approach?
- Aristotle: What character virtues are most important to me and how will I express them?
- Nietzsche: How will I direct my "will to power," manage my self-interest, and act in accordance with my chosen virtues?
- Existentialists (e.g., Sartre): How will I take full responsibility for my choices and the outcomes to which they lead?
Pondering "SANE" questions is a truly thoughtful approach; and the practice builds character!