Measuring practical wisdom: exploring the value of Aristotle’s phronesis for business and leadership

Marcel Meyer, Arménio Rego

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Interest in the virtues is now growing in business and management, both among scholars and practitioners. Interestingly, one virtue that should stand out but has been somewhat neglected is phronesis, or practical wisdom. Described by Aristotle as the “mother” of all other virtues, phronesis is key for management scholars for, at least, two reasons: (1) its importance as to individual and leadership development and effectiveness and (2) its complexity that makes it hardly conducive to be measured. Thus, this chapter’s aim is twofold. First, it depicts phronesis as an up and coming core element in management and leadership. Second, it suggests measuring practical wisdom in leaders at the level of its behavioral manifestations (i.e., leader-expressed practical wisdom – representing practical wisdom as perceived by followers) through considering three dimensions: (1) to “see” (i.e., to study and reflect on the complex reality involved in each specific decision-making process), (2) to “judge” (i.e., to understand, judge, and deliberate the right way to handle that reality), and (3) to “act” (i.e., to proceed rightly upon one’s deliberate decision). Avenues for future research are also suggested.
Idioma originalEnglish
Título da publicação do anfitriãoHandbook of practical wisdom in business and management
EditoresBarry Schwartz, Caleb Bernacchio, César González-Cantón, Angus Robson
Local da publicaçãoCham
EditoraSpringer Verlag
Número de páginas18
ISBN (eletrónico)9783030001407
Estado da publicaçãoPublicado - 2020

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