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Socratic Leadership

The Big Idea for Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Human nature being what it is, the way you deal with conflict at work can inform the way you deal with conflict with your significant other, and vice versa. "When we practice stuff we’re usually better at it," says executive coach Stephen Miles in today's lesson, "so you have more playground to practice on."

One thing that we all will encounter on the playground of life is aggressive people poking at you, getting under your skin, and provoking what tends to be a defensive response. As Miles demonstrates, all humans have the need for their perspectives to be affirmed, and therefore a socratic leadership approach tends to be much more effective in not only diffusing a conflict, but also maintaining your high ground. 


  1. 1 Don't Get Defensive, Get Socratic
    Big Think Editors Big Think TV
  2. 2 Mindfulness: How to Call Off the Emotional Attack Dogs
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  3. 3 How to Get Ahead Using Career Game Theory
    Stephen Miles
  4. 4 When a Pipe Is Not a Pipe: How Shifting Perspective Creates Insight, Creativity, and Mindfulness
    Maria Konnikova Artful Choice

Socratic Leadership

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