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How to Nurture Practical Wisdom

Revitalization of congregations requires leaders who can be “system changers,” says Barry Schwartz, co-author of Practical Wisdom. System changers need to encourage the development of practical wisdom, and leadership behaviors either encourage or impede that goal. In a pair of articles housed on the Faith & Leadership website of Duke Divinity School, Schwartz describes the ingredients that are key to fostering practical wisdom. In the first article, he draws a distinction between being performance-oriented or mastery-oriented and discusses what each portends for institutional life and personal behavior. In the second article,  Schwartz identifies two keys to nurturing wisdom – keeping the organization’s mission central, and providing safe opportunities for those being mentored to fail and improve – and explores several crucial secondary leader characteristics and behaviors.

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