A place for wizards and warriors

4am isn’t normally a place I visit in an awakened state.

This morning, though, has been an exception. I grabbed a brand new book and started reading The Wizard and the Warrior: Leading with Passion and Power by Lee G. Bolman and Terrence E. Deal.

Perhaps the early hour is playing tricks on my brain, but two paragraphs in the opening chapter launched a barrage of thoughts about my life and my role in creating a better place.

The wizard and the warrior inhabit two distinct but overlapping worlds. The warrior’s world is a place of combat, of allies and antagonists, courage and cowardice, honor and betrayal, strength and weakness. It is sometimes a world of danger and destruction – war really is hell. One of the noblest and most enduring human quests is the search for peace, for a way to avoid war’s terrible costs. Yet combat and conflict continue to be endemic in human life. A group or organization that has no warriors is at great risk – of being overrun by one that does.

The wizard inhabits a realm of possibility, magic, and mystery. The wizard’s strength lies not in arms or physical courage, but in wisdom, foresight, the ability to see below and beyond appearances. The wizard brings unshakable faith that something new and better really is out there. The tools of the wizard’s trade are values, icons, ritual, ceremonies, and stories that weave day-to-day details of life together in a meaningful symbolic tapestry. An enterprise without wizards is sterile and often toxic. People are out for themselves rather than bonded together by a shared spirit.

The Wizard and the Warrior, Bolman & Deal, p. 3

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