is a core human attribute. It is a critical
part of human evolution and intellectual exploration – especially in
relation to the future of our work together.
Wonder, in an organizational context, is about embodying a beginner’s
mind. It can be described as an emotion or a state: what we feel when
positively perceiving something new, rare, or unexpected. The more
conscious we become, the easier it is for us to embrace our beginner’s
mind, and the more wonder we are able to see all around us.
When exercised, wonder has an immense impact on individual prosocial
behavior. The challenge, of course, is often to grow the practice of
exercising wonder, which requires not only an ability to take in beauty, yet
also an allowance of feeling strangeness and non-sense. This can be a
particularly difficult state for leaders to accept, as we tend to think we have
to be in control and we have to always have all answers ready in our
The scientific definition of wonder includes three facets:
1. Our ability to find, recognize, and take pleasure in the existence
of goodness in the physical and social worlds.
2. Active engagement with and responsiveness to artistic, moral, and
natural beauty including the excellence, skills, and talents of others
3. Active responsiveness through both cognition and emotion,
exemplifying engagement of both the mind and the heart.