Wisdom Applied: The secret sauce that has allowed me already to have achieved immortality.

Sternberg, R. J. (2016, June 15). Wisdom applied: The secret sauce that has allowed me already to have achieved immortality. Acquired Wisdom Series, Eds. S. Tobias, J. D. Fletcher, & D. C. Berliner. Education Review, 23, 1-25.

Excerpt: This realization led to the earlier formulation of my balance theory of wisdom (Sternberg, 1998a), according to which wisdom is the application of one’s abilities and knowledge to achieve a common good, balancing one’s own, others’, and higher interests, over the long- as well as the short-term, through the infusion of positive ethical values. According to the theory, you have to be somewhat intelligent to be wise but you do not have to be wise to be intelligent, and most intelligent people are not wise. Indeed, intelligent people are particularly susceptible to being foolish because they think that, with their intelligence, they could not possibly be foolish (Sternberg, 2002, 2004).Smart people are particularly susceptible to cognitive fallacies of unrealistic optimism regarding the value of their own ideas, egocentrism, false sense of omniscience, false sense of omnipotence, false sense of invulnerability, and ethical disengagement—believing that ethics apply to others but not to themselves. The balance theory of wisdom led me to work on leadership and my formulation of WICS—wisdom, intelligence, creativity, synthesized (Sternberg, 2003c, 2003d, 2008). I came to realize that good and effective leaders are wise, intelligent (academically and practically), and creative, but that leaders today often lack for many if not most of these features, distinguishing themselves more by their ambitions than by their skills in leadership.

Read the article: Sternberg, R. J. (2016, June 15). Wisdom applied: The secret sauce that has allowed me already to have achieved immortality. Acquired Wisdom Series, Eds. S. Tobias, J. D. Fletcher, & D. C. Berliner. Education Review, 23,1-25.



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