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Drawing wisdom from experience

Drawing wisdom from experience Viewpoint Drawing wisdom from experience Anna Bianchi Freelance Editor’s note In Peter Gilbert’s book, Leadership – Being effective and remaining human (2005), he quotes the Himalayan climber Jim Whitaker as saying ‘You never conquer a mountain. Mountains can’t be conquered; you conquer yourself, your hopes, your fears’. I was reminded of this when I read this beautiful piece of writing from Anna Bianchi. I have had the privilege of working alongside Anna and know her to be an inspiring example of someone who leads others by leading herself – guided by a deep spirituality and self-knowledge born of regularly taking herself (to use her own words) to ‘the edge’. We offer it here as an example of how effective leaders draw wisdom from experience. ‘Whenever I see a mountain, it stares at me. fertile valley floor to the saddle of the pass. And for three months I was in the Himalayas so Our Ladakhi acquaintances had flung their my sense of being scrutinised is deep. Wherever arms nonchantly in the direction of the peaks I went in Ladakh, by bus or foot, the mountains informing us that the Monastry was ‘over watched me, it’s as though they had some http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The International Journal of Leadership in Public Services Emerald Publishing

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1747-9886
DOI
10.5042/ijlps.2010.0518
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Abstract

Viewpoint Drawing wisdom from experience Anna Bianchi Freelance Editor’s note In Peter Gilbert’s book, Leadership – Being effective and remaining human (2005), he quotes the Himalayan climber Jim Whitaker as saying ‘You never conquer a mountain. Mountains can’t be conquered; you conquer yourself, your hopes, your fears’. I was reminded of this when I read this beautiful piece of writing from Anna Bianchi. I have had the privilege of working alongside Anna and know her to be an inspiring example of someone who leads others by leading herself – guided by a deep spirituality and self-knowledge born of regularly taking herself (to use her own words) to ‘the edge’. We offer it here as an example of how effective leaders draw wisdom from experience. ‘Whenever I see a mountain, it stares at me. fertile valley floor to the saddle of the pass. And for three months I was in the Himalayas so Our Ladakhi acquaintances had flung their my sense of being scrutinised is deep. Wherever arms nonchantly in the direction of the peaks I went in Ladakh, by bus or foot, the mountains informing us that the Monastry was ‘over watched me, it’s as though they had some

Journal

The International Journal of Leadership in Public ServicesEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 13, 2010

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