Classic Leadership Wisdom from Sophocles

This week’s quote is from the ancient Greek play Antigone, by Sophocles.

Creon, King of Thebes, has condemned the princess Antigone to death for disobeying one of his edicts. Prince Haemon, Antigone’s fiance, cautions his father to think again, for the whole city believes he’s in the wrong. But Creon refuses to reconsider.When you’re positive your latest executive decision is correct, these are good words to remember:

Do not bear this single habit of mind, to think

That what you say and nothing else is true.

A man who thinks that he alone is right,

or what he says, or what he is himself,

unique, such men, when opened up, are seen

to be quite empty. For a man, though he be wise,

it is no shame to learn …

Antigone, by Sophocles (tr. David Grene), lines 760-766

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About Jocelyn R Davis

Jocelyn Davis is Principal of Seven Learning, a leadership development firm that creates a lasting lift in leaders' effectiveness using classic books, films, and stories.
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