4 Benefits to Gaining Wisdom

It’s important for a leader to grow and gain wisdom. The words wisdom is defined as “The quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise.” A leader who want to gain wisdom must know that time is a factor. It requires years and decades to grow and become a wise leader. Albert Einstein said, “Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” This is why many times people who are older or seasoned leaders have wisdom. However, this does not mean a younger person or leader can’t gain or have wisdom. It requires wisdom to receive the many benefits that come from having it.

Below are 4 benefits you can look forward to when you gain and have wisdom:

1. Good judgment- A leader who has wisdom can better handle the challenges that a rise from leading. This is because good judgment comes to those who are wise. Wisdom like, good judgment, comes with experience. Will Rogers said, “Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.” The important thing is to grow and learn from your experiences. When you have good judgment you will always be solving problems, seeing better results, and moving forward.

2. Strong character- I believe having strong character should be the foundation of a leader’s life. This starts when you know and follow your Leadership Core. Strong character produces wisdom which leads to the ability to positively impact others. This is because wise leaders have been through many different experiences and have maintained their integrity through it. If you are intentional in maintaining your character and growing in wisdom then you will be unstoppable.

3. It brings honor- Wisdom brings honor within your personal and professional life. Over time this honor will lead to your Lasting Legacy. H.L. Menchen said, “Honor is simply the morality of superior men.” When you grow in wisdom then your honor among others starts to rise. This is because your life is an example of someone worth following.

4. Grows influence- Your wisdom will increase your ability to influence others. This is because who you are and what you do attracts like minded people. Those who have wisdom, talent, and a good track record will want to follow you because of your wisdom. It’s like the old saying, “birds of a feather stick together.” When you grow and have wisdom it will increase your reach and influence.

Question: What are some other benefits to a leader gaining and having wisdom?

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  • #1 Reminds me of king solomon asking for wisdom to judge and lead his people, Israel.

    • Great example of a wise person. Thank you for stopping by and sharing.

  • susan

    This is a great thought provoker Dan! Wisdom is also knowing who and what you are, and what you are capable of and what you are not capable of. Being able to laugh at adversity and overcome its destruction takes wisdom. It is a lifelong process. Wisdom comes from seeking and knowing God, but it also comes from learning from our own mistakes and the mistakes of others.

    • Susan,

      Great points and examples of what a wise person is and how to gain wisdom. The best kind of wisdom is Godly wisdom. Thank you for reading and sharing.

  • Amen Dan and great points. Wisdom will also teaches you patience which you need as a leader.

    • So true, Kimanzi. Patience is so important for leaders. Thanks for sharing.

  • Great stuff!

  • I think another one would be that it builds belief and honor. You can only honor God, your friends and family when you seek wisdom.

    • Amen to that. They most important honor is how we honor God with what He has given us. Thank you for adding to the conversation.

  • floyd

    I believe true wisdom starts with as David says, “Fear of the lord.” With that as the foundation then a life of moral principles guide a person through difficult times. It is in those times that we find the beauty of wisdom. I could talk of this subject for days! I love it. Thanks Dan

    • Floyd,

      I totally agree. Thank you for sharing that important aspect about wisdom. It’s a great subject, the next time we meet for coffee we should spend some time talking about wisdom.

  • I like that saying by Will Rogers said, “Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.” I know i don’t like the repercussions of bad judgement…yet truth is we learn most from failures, not necessarily successes.

    Awesome post.

    • Yes, it’s a good one. I agree, we can learn a lot from our failures and mistakes. Thank you for sharing.

  • You begin to build trust with those who watch you and the decisions you make- great post Dan.

    • David,

      First off it’s great to have you share. I’ve missed hearing from you.Yes, it’s a great way to build trust. It also shows how you can break trust. By making unwise decisions.

  • It increases your capacity to do good.

    • I agree Joe. Thank you for sharing.

  • Wisdom helps you make godly decisions and become more like Him. I started reading a chapter of Proverbs a day about 2 months ago – and have seen myself grow in wisdom. It’s amazing how Proverbs can change you.

    • Jason,

      Reading a proverbs a day can totally help you grow in wisdom. Great suggestion. Thank you for sharing.

  • I think that having wisdom expands & narrows your vision. I know those sound contrary, let me explain.

    As you gain wisdom, you start to see more of what is possible in a lifetime. It is said that we overestimate what we can do in a year, but grossly underestimate what we can do in 10 years. I think wisdom closes this gap on both ends, opening up a new realm of possibility.

    At the same time, wise people understand their gifts and talents and leverage them accordingly. This narrows, or maybe sharpens is a better word, your vision to what YOU can best do.

    Great post!

    • Cole,

      I totally agree with you. great points and thank you for sharing them.

  • Wisdom is something that develops over time and requires patience, dedication, and an openness to God and others. There are many people who confuse knowledge or intellect with wisdom, but they’re not the same things.

    • Dan,

      Your so right, “knowledge” and “intelligence” are different than wisdom. A person have have knowledge but still lack in wisdom. In the area of wisdom I think their are two kinds, wisdom and Godly wisdom. The best being godly wisdom, which you can only get from reading the Bible and having a relationship with God. Would you agree with me on this one?

      • I do agree that the Bible is filled with Godly wisdom. I also think that Truth and wisdom can be found in many other places, including other books, writers, religions, philosophies, and nature itself. I think God’s wisdom is the highest and should be regarded in evaluating other information, but I don’t think we should throw out profound Truths just because they come from what we might consider non-Christain sources. Does that make sense?

        • Dan,

          I does make sense. I think many Christians don’t realize this important aspect. God want’s us to gain wisdom from Him and other non-Christian people and sources.

  • Wisdom is one of those things we don’t value enough. It would take 100 blog posts to talk about its value. Just reading Proverbs is a constant reminder about how wisdom is to be prized higher than jewels and riches.

    • Loren,

      Yes, it would talk a lot of posts to communicate the importance and value of wisdom. Thank you for reading and adding to the discussion.

  • Juan Cruz Jr

    Wisdom is a key driver to good decision making. One must learn to apply wisely the information we have to different situations.

    • Juan Cruz,

      Great wording, “key driver to good decisions.” I totally agree with you. Thank you for reading and sharing.