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An important quality of leadership is the ability to cultivate wisdom. Good leaders are wise, but great leaders create an atmosphere of learning. By teaching others to seek advice, watch, read, study, and learn, new leaders are created. A good leader does monopolize knowledge, understanding or wisdom, and feels a sense of accomplishment when the "student becomes the master". A good leader would rejoice at creating a new leader, especially if they, themselves, can learn from their creation.

This concept is often foreign to former cult members. Cults conceal information, and do so by design. To be the elite, superior group, the cult leader must keep "hidden secrets" or esoteric knowledge that is unknown to the rest of the world. Rather than strive to teach others, cult leaders often say things like, "it's not for them" or "only the chosen ones can understand". Though cult members may try to achieve the same level of knowledge as their leader, they quickly learn that some attempts to access knowledge results in the same response as for outsiders; it's not for them.

The narcissistic tendencies of cult leaders play a large factor. They feel empowered when cult members lean on them for information, especially if they are viewed as superior to all others in their field. Because of this, cult leaders try to limit members' contact with information that is more accurate or conflicting. Destructive cults can be measured and tracked by the level of difficulty members face in obtaining information. Some cults limit certain types of media, such as newspapers, magazines, radio, or television. In the worst cases, destructive cults limit all outside contact.

When people escape this type of environment, they often feel unable or inadequate. To a some extent, former members must cultivate wisdom for themselves before it can be cultivated by others. They must become leaders, even if only for their own personal growth and understanding.