12 Most World Beating Leadership Lessons from Poets

proud_12most_125x125From King David to Vaclav Havel, poets have taken their place among the great leaders in history. The bards of old spoke truth to power, and the likes of Solzhenitsyn put their lives on the line for an idea — yes, even a poem.

The poets have a world of lessons to teach those who desire to lead others with wisdom and at the same time make real and lasting change. For example, let’s consider these twelve:

1. Fearless leaders take comfort in good guidance

“Even though I walk / through the darkest valley, / I will fear no evil, / for you are with me; your rod and your staff, / they comfort me.” (David, Psalm 24:4, NIV)

2. Discerning leaders seek wisdom above wealth

“Virtue and knowledge were endowments greater / Than nobleness and riches”(Shakespeare, from Cymbeline, Act 3, scene 2)

3. Skilled leaders keep their cool (especially when others don’t)

“…keep your head when all about you / Are losing theirs…” (Rudyard Kipling, from If)

4. Honest leaders communicate truthfully… and artfully

“The truth must dazzle gradually / Or every man be blind.” (Emily Dickinson, from Tell All the Truth)

 

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