Prudence is an old-fashioned word. You don’t hear it often these days, but the need for it couldn’t be timelier.
Prudence is, according to classical Greek philosophers, “wisdom in action.” The American Heritage Dictionary defines it as “wisdom in handling practical matters; good judgment or common sense.” As synonyms, it lists “discretion, foresight, forethought, and circumspection.”
Leaders need prudence if they are to lead well. And speakers need it too.