Another way of articulating the superior mindset and approach of ‘strong views, weakly held’ is to have ‘courage of conviction; with a certainty born of long consideration.’
This is an approach that focuses on evidence-based decision-making, that encourages robust discussion of ideas, but is also open to other perspectives.
“…Always he spoke with the courage of his convictions; with a certainty born of long consideration.
At the dining table, he never argued opportunistically – he never took a position he didn’t believe for a tactical advantage.
The facts were the facts – our beliefs should accord with the evidence, and not the other way around.”
Source: Li Shengwu, Eulogy of LKY