There are a lot of books on leadership from a variety of perspectives. But none that I know of on the subject of “prudence.” In our culture today, prudence has become an uptight, unfashionable word. In fact, in our sex-obsessed society, the idea of “prudent” is the last thing anyone wants to be. But let’s look at the definition:
– Careful good judgment that allows someone to avoid danger or risks
– The ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason
– Shrewdness in the management of affairs
– Skill and good judgment in the use of resources
– Caution as to danger or risk
Not such a bad checklist for leaders. Maybe that should be my next book….
What do you think? Is prudence worth a second look?