Language is Integral to Life

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The following is a short book with insight to language contributed by the Ohio State University Leadership Center.

Lead with Wisdom: How Wisdom Transforms Good Leaders into Great Leaders
Mark Strom, Australia, John Wiley & Sons (2014)

“Leaders certainly need to use language well. But, far bigger than that, everything we do is somehow created and mediated by language.

We speak to know who we are and where we are.

  • We live in relationships – We only know ourselves in relationships. We live ‘in,’ with, and for others.
  • We live in stories – We are our stories, not bundles of traits or facts. We live by our openness to meaning unfolding within and around us.
  • We live by interpreting – We create meaning more than discover it. We live by attributing significance to ideas and events.
  • We live in language – We speak to know who we are. We name who we are first to ourselves, then to the world.

Language shapes our relationships and stories, and how we interpret both. As life unfolds, we feel the need to describe, to name, ourselves differently. What begins as a hunch may end up changing our lives. It is fascinating how something is triggered in us by speaking about ourselves in a new way (p. 185-186).”

Lead with Wisdom is available from the OSU Leadership Center.

Learn how the Ohio State University Leadership Center is inspiring others to take a leadership role that empowers the world at the OSU Leadership Center website.

Jim Canterucci

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