Lesson 3.11

Developing The Virtue Of Wisdom

In Module IV, we’re going to dig deep into the concept of Values and Principles. But before we get to that, I’d like to discuss how the Moral Foundations we learned about earlier in this Module factor into the development of Virtues like Intellectual Humility, which itself is a sub-component of Wisdom.

Dive into this topic by exploring the following chart, then proceed to the Key Concepts below.

Key Concepts:


Ancient philosophers taught that “Wisdom” is the mother of all virtues.

  • Any trait that is “good” eventually rolls up to the idea of Wisdom. The wiser we are about how we use a tool we have, the better that tool will serve us—whether that tool is a human trait like bravery or an everyday object like a smartphone.

  • Psychologists and philosophers have identified a couple dozen virtuous traits that are deemed “good” across cultures and history. These each tie into the Moral Foundations we learned about in Lesson 3.6.

Wisdom consists of 5 things:

  • Perspective: Being able to look at things from multiple angles. (This is what Part I of this course—Cognitive Diversity—is all about!)

  • Creativity: Creativity is defined as being able to combine different things. This is the essence of Cognitive Friction—or Part II of this course.

  • Love of Learning: Having a “growth mindset.”

  • Curiosity: The desire to explore new information and experiences, not just being open to them, but going after them.

  • Intellectual Humility: Being able to judge when you should change your mind, and knowing that you don’t know everything.

The not-so-secret secret of this course is that great teamwork is about developing this kind of Wisdom.

  • If you’ve made it this far, congratulations! You’re becoming the kind of teammate that anybody would want.

  • The other virtues and character strengths on the above chart are all things that we can develop, so our teams can be full of this dimension of cognitive diversity as well.

  • It’s okay if you lean more heavily toward some virtues and character strengths than others. It’s just important to keep learning and growing, and to value them in yourself and others.

  • We’re going to dig deeper into Values and Virtues in Module IV of this course.

This concludes Module III of Dream Teams!

  • After the quiz on the next page, we’re ready to dig into applying all this Wisdom to creating environments where we and others can thrive together!