“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” – Albert Einstein.
Day in, day out, I work with leaders. I know many good leaders, in fact great ones. Conversely, in my 30 year career, I have also met others who have been mean and condescending, whose motto was simply “Its my way or the highway” as they say. Perhaps you have met someone like that?
I believe that wisdom is crucial to the field of great leadership.
Simply stated, wisdom is the ability to use your knowledge and experience to make good decisions and judgements. However much you might want it, wisdom is not something that you go out and get. It’s something that you must be open to receiving. It’s also something that comes not only through success, but failure too.
What then are some of the characteristics I’ve observed in wise leaders?
– They are self-aware
– They love people
– They serve others
– They are selfless
– They empower others
– They work hard
– They know their why
– They are trusted
– They are kind
– They are humble
– They are compassionate
Leadership is a way of behaving, whereas wisdom is a way of thinking.
Who do you know who are wise leaders?
What do you need to do to become more like them?
Are you becoming a wise leader?