Leadership, Learning, Life

Leadership, Learning, and Life are the three facets of who we are as individuals, as we learn and grow, work and play, take on leadership responsibilities, and live a full life with others. Each Wisdom Explorer™ quote has been selected to represent the wisdom of one or more of these facets.

The foundations of CCL’s work is built on applying the social sciences where the notion that who we are as leaders, how we go about learning, how we lead our lives outside of work, what we value, etc. are known to be inextricably linked. CCL research demonstrates that activities that take place outside of the regular workday contribute to a leader’s effectiveness as a manager. A concept underlying CCL’s Leadership Development Program® is that if we can help managers lead happier and productive lives, they in turn will help others lead happier and productive lives (from a conversation between Bob Dorn, designer of the program and David Magellan Horth). In the late 1990’s, CCL made this link more explicit and recognized the participants insights by absorbing the conceptual trilogy: “Leadership Learning and Life” into its brand.

Over the years of our leadership development work at CCL, we often heard stories from participants of how not only did they feel more capable managers and have better relationships in their workplace but also that their friends and family were commenting positively on the positive changes they had witnessed in the participant. During the delivery of leadership development programs, we often heard participants confess that they have just learned something about themselves from their co-workers that their life partner has been telling them for years.

For example, Life:

“A life lived in fear is a life half lived.”
-Spanish Proverb


“This is the sum of duty:
Do naught unto others
which would cause you pain if done to you.”

The following two cards are examples of those coded for Leadership:

“A leader is a dealer in hope.”
-Napoleon Bonaparte

“Where there is no vision people perish.”

And the following cards are coded for Learning:

“Pain in the present is experienced as hurt,
pain in the past is remembered as anger.”
-Gaelic Proverb

“By seeking and blundering we learn.”
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

It is not necessary to pose a framing question so that it addresses Leadership, Learning or Life. Indeed the coding on the cards is subtle to discourage seeking out cards based on just one domain. That a quote from one of the three domains can become valid in another is often a fascinating piece of data that may lead to further insights.

David Magellan Horth
January 6, 2012


About Charles J. Palus & David Magellan Horth

Charles J. Palus & David Magellan Horth are Senior Fellows at the Center for Creative Leadership. Many thanks to Steadman Harrison III, CEO of GO Innovation.com, and Senior Associate for the Center for Creative Leadership.
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