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Wisdom Literature

Basic Works
The Analects of Confucius. Translated by Arthur Waley. Vintage, 1938.
The Art of Virtue. Benjamin Franklin. Acorn, 1986.
As A Man Thinketh. James Allen. Running Press, 1989.
As A Man Thinketh, Volume 2. James Allen. MindArt, 1988.
The Bhagavad Gita. Translated by Eknath Easwaran. Nilgiri Press, 1985.
Book of Hopi. Frank Waters. Ballantine, 1963.
The Book of Mormon. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1986.
The Collected Dialogues of Plato. Edited by Edith Hamilton and Huntington Cairns. Princeton University Press, 1961.
The Dhammapada. Translated by Eknath Easwaran. Nilgiri Press, 1985.
The Essential Gandhi. Edited by Louis Rischer. Vintage, 1962.
The Holy Bible.
The Instruction of Ptah-Hotep and the Instruction of Ke'Gemni: The Oldest Books in the World. Translated by Battiscombe Gunn. London: John Murray, 1912.
The Lessons of History. Will and Ariel Durant. Simon & Schuster, 1968.
The Meaning of the Glorius Koran: An Explanatory Translation. Translated by Mohamad Marmaduke Pickehall. Mentor Books, n.d.
The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. Translated by George Long. Avon Books, 1993.
The Nicomachean Ethics. Aristotle. Oxford University Press, 1991.
The Opening of the Wisdom-Eye. H. H. Gyatso, the Dalai Lama Tenzin. Quest Books, 1966.
Ramayana. R. K. Narayan. Penguin, 1972.
The Sayings of Confucius. Translated by Lionel Giles. London: Charles E. Tuttle, 1993.
The Sayings of Mencius. James R. Ware. Mentor Books, 1960.
Siddhartha. Hermann Hesse. New Directions, 1951.
Sufism, The Alchemy of the Heart. Labyrinth Publishing, 1993.
Tao Te Ching. Lao Tzu. Penguin, 1963.
Tao, to Know and Not Be Knowing. Labyrinth Publishing, 1993.
The Torah. Translated by W. Gunther Plaute. Central Conference of American Rabbis, 1981.
The Upanishads. Translated by Eknath Easwaran. Nilgiri Press, 1987.
Walden, Or, Life in the Woods. Henry David Thoreau. Shambhala, 1992.
The Way of Chuang Tzu. Thomas Merton. Shambhala, 1965.
The Wisdom of Confucius. Peter Pauper Press, 1963.
The Wisdom of the Vedas. J. C. Chatterji. Quest Books, 1992.
Wisdomkeepers: Meetings with Native American Spiritual Elders. Steve Wall and Harvey Arden. Beyond Words Publishing, 1990.
World Scripture: A Comparative Anthology of Sacred Texts. International Religious Foundation. Paragon House, 1991.
Zen, The Reason of Unreason. Labyrinth Publishing, 1993.

The Art of Peace. Translated by John Stevens. Shambhala, 1992.
The Art of Worldly Wisdom. Balthasar Gracian. Translated by Joseph Jacobs. Shambhala, 1992.
The Book of Virtues. William J. Bennett. Simon & Schuster, 1993.
The Enlightened Heart: An Anthology of Sacred Poetry. Edited by Stephen Mitchell. HarperCollins, 1989.
The Enlightened Mind: An Anthology of Sacred Prose. Edited by Stephen Mitchell. HarperCollins, 1991.
Light from Many Lamps. Edited by Lillian Eichler Watson. Fireside, 1979.
Native American Wisdom. Running Press, 1993.
Oneness. Jeffrey Moses. Fawcett Columbine, 1989.
The Pocket Aquinas. Edited by Vernon J. Bourke. Pocket, 1960.
Prayer of the Heart, Writings from the Philokalia. Translated by G. E. H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard, and Kallistos Ware. Shabhala, 1993.
The Sayings of Muhammad, Allama Sir Abdullah Al-Mamun Al-Suhrawardy. Charles E. Tuttle, 1992.
Spiritual Illuminations. Edited by Peg Streep. Viking Studio Books, 1992.
Thoughts in Solitude. Thomas Merton. Shambhala, 1993.
Wisdom: Conversations with the Elder Wise Men of Our Day. James Nelson. Norton, 1958.
Wisdom Is One. B. W. Huntsman. Charles E. Tuttle, 1985.
Words of Wisdom. Ariel Books, 1992.
Words of Wisdom. Thomas C. Jones. Chicago: J. G. Ferguson, 1966.
A World Treasury of Folk Wisdom. Reynolds Feldman and Cynthia A Voelke. HarperCollins, 1992.

Commentary and Analysis
Proverbial Philosophy: A Book of Thoughts and Arguments. Martin Farquhar Tupper. E. H. Butler, Philadelphia, 1892.
Ways of Wisdom. Edited by Steve Smith. University Press, 1983.
Wisdom. Edited by Robert J. Sternberg. Cambridge University Press, 1990.

The 8th Habit

Literature Review of Leadership Theories

Results-Based Leadership. Ulrich, Senger, & Smallwood (1999); Nohria, Joyce & Robertson (2003).
Servant Leadership. Greenleaf (1996); Spears & Frick (1992).

References Consulted

Discover Your Strengths. Buckingham, M., and D.O. Clifton. New York: Free Press, 2001.
First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers Do Differently. Buckingham, M., and C. Coffman. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1999.
Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don't. Collins, J.C. Good to Great: New York, HarperCollins Publishers, 2001.
Capturing the Heart of Leadership: Spirituality and Community in the New American Workplace. Fairholm, G.W. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 1997.
Perspectives On Leadership: From the Science of Management to Its Spiritual Heart. Fairholm, G.W. Westport, Conn.: Quorum Books, 1998


Man's Search For Meaning. Frankl, Viktor. New York, A Washington Square Press Publication, 1959.

A Guide for the Perplexed. Schumacher, E.F. New York, Harper and Row Publishers, Inc., 1977.

"People who do not live by their conscience will not experience this internal integrity and peace of mind."
—Dr. Stephen R. Covey, from The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness
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