Program Details

ONLINE: HOW TO LEAD STRATEGICALLY: The Art of Leading - Strategic Wisdom

with Suzann Duquette & Jane Arthur
December 5 / 12:00 AM - December 6 / 12:00 AM

Art is different from skill, ability, or even talent.  Eva Wong

The art of leading has elegance and beauty. It requires subtlety and knowing how to read people, who to trust and not trust, and how to make use of people’s potentials. This builds on virtue which we discover is already present. With virtue, there is trust. The art of leading is the path of training in stillness, embracing simplicity, developing clarity, and establishing the view for the benefit of the community, organization, or business. This path culminates in strategic wisdom.

This is the fourth of four weekend programs on How to Lead Strategically.

How to Lead Strategically is a four-session series, developed in collaboration with Dr. Eva Wong, that is relevant to everyone, as we are all leaders in different aspects of our lives. How can we learn to lead from the inside out? As taught by Zhuge Liang, learning to lead strategically from the inside out provides a clear path to benefiting ourselves, others, and society. This approach to leadership is of even greater importance and relevance during times of uncertainty and chaos.

All sessions are scheduled for a day and a half on weekends. You may take one or more of the sessions, but cannot sign up for a session after it has occurred. Materials will include a workbook of program presentations and exercises, as well as selected Zhuge Liang banners for contemplation. 

Session One: Aug. 22 - 23, Self-Cultivation & Relating to Others


Session Two: Oct. 3 - 4, Relating with Others and the World


Session Three: Nov. 7 - 8, The Art of Leading - Embodied Presence


Session Four: Dec. 5 - 6, The Art of Leading - Strategic Wisdom


A good leader knows what to disclose and what to conceal. This is an art. - Eva Wong

Zhuge Liang, who lived in third-century China, is known as one of the world’s greatest strategists. He taught that leaders need to be strategists. Also renowned as a statesperson, diplomat, covert operator and tactician, he was an advisor to rulers, military commanders, and commercial leaders. Zhuge Liang’s teachings are deeply relevant for anyone wanting to lead an organization, community or business in a more thoughtful and helpful way during these times.

According to Zhuge Liang, both those who lead and those who advise leaders walk the “bright path.” As he said: The “bright path” is the vast view and the path of the Tao and Virtue. A vast and bright mind is required to illuminate vision. … It is only through simplicity and humility that vision can be illuminated. It is only through stillness and inner peace that we can have a vast view.

The series will include exercises for self-reflection and leadership, contemplation, and embodiment of Zhuge Liang’s essence teachings on leadership. Materials will include a workbook of program presentations and exercises, as well as selected Zhuge Liang banners for contemplation.

Developed in conjunction with Dr. Eva Wong, the program draws on her upcoming book, “The Collected Writings of Zhuge Liang – A Handbook of Strategy, Leadership, and Statecraft.”

The online Zoom room for Session 4 will open at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, for you to sign-in, check your connection, and do any necessary trouble-shooting of technical issues. The program begins at 9:00 a.m. The program ends at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 5. 

Registration Deadline

Because of the nature and logistics of online programming — including ensuring that you have the proper links, materials and schedules — the deadline to register for this program is 48 hours before it begins.

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