Tools to Develop Your Wisdom

Brad C. Anderson

Learning Objectives

In this chapter, you will learn the following.

  • The challenges of developing wisdom
  • A wisdom-oriented mindset
  • How to get the best out of your experience
  • The importance of good mentors
  • How to maintain a useful reflection journal
  • Ways to build social and emotional intelligence


“Escape you’re own” by Brad C. AndersonDeveloping organizational and managerial wisdomKwantlen Polytechnic University is licensed under CC BY 4.0 / A derivative from the original work.


Wisdom is action-oriented. If you wish to develop your wisdom, then you must make an effort to do so. This chapter presents ways you may begin this process.

It starts with a discussion of the challenges of developing wisdom. It explores a mindset that will help you effectively navigate those situations calling for wisdom. It then assesses how to utilize experience, mentoring, and reflection journaling to develop your capabilities. It then considers activities you can do to build your social and emotional intelligence, including engaging with cooperative learning, taking interdisciplinary courses, and indulging in your joy of the arts.

This chapter’s ideas are based on European and North American research and intended for university students and recent graduates. Individuals operating in other cultures or at different stages of their careers may need to explore methods more relevant to their situation.


If you are an educator wishing to explore ways you can develop the skills your students require to improve their wisdom, Chapter 17 of the book Values, Rationality, and Power: Developing Organizational Wisdom has some guidance on the matter.


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