Three stages of wisdom are expressed in Wisdom Explorer™. These are the stages of human development called dependent, independent, and interdependent (more on this idea here and here). Different kinds of wisdom are appreciated at each stage of one’s life. Each quote in this deck may be interpreted differently at each of the three life stages.
Independent wisdom is about the journey of the self, and the power of personal experience and rational thinking.
Dependent wisdom is about tradition, belonging, power and survival.
Here are several quotes illustrating dependent wisdom in the realm of leadership:
“Rough waters are truer tests of leadership. In calm water every ship has a good captain.”
“There are no bonds so strong as those which are formed by suffering together.”
Harriet Ann Jacob
And independent wisdom, also with a leadership focus:
“Don’t set sail on someone else’s star.”
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
And interdependent wisdom:
“With our short sight we affect to take a comprehensive view of eternity. Our horizon is the universe.”
Paul Laurence Dunbar
“In the long history of humankind, those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.”