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Drawing wisdom from experience

Drawing wisdom from experience Viewpoint 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. And for three months I was in the Himalayas so my sense of being scrutinised is deep. Wherever I went in Ladakh, by bus or foot, the mountains watched me, it’s as though they had some special guardianship of me, some responsibility given to them before we ever met and it wasn’t until I left them and returned home to England that I really began to understand how much http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The International Journal of Leadership in Public Services Pier Professional

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Pier Professional
Copyright
Copyright © 2010 by Pier Professional Limited
ISSN
1747-9886
eISSN
2042-8642
DOI
10.5042/ijlps.2010.0518
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Abstract

Viewpoint 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. And for three months I was in the Himalayas so my sense of being scrutinised is deep. Wherever I went in Ladakh, by bus or foot, the mountains watched me, it’s as though they had some special guardianship of me, some responsibility given to them before we ever met and it wasn’t until I left them and returned home to England that I really began to understand how much

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The International Journal of Leadership in Public ServicesPier Professional

Published: Sep 1, 2010

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