One of the greatest things a leader can strive for is to grow in wisdom. This is because wisdom is “the ability to think and act utilizing knowledge, experience, understanding, common sense, and insight.” When a leader chooses to grow and become wise they lead more effectively. They also reap the rewards from gaining wisdom. Since wisdom is so valuable and beneficial, we should be intentional about growing in wisdom.
To grow in wisdom I suggest these 3 ways:
1. Grow in knowledge- Anyone can grow in knowledge because everyone can take the steps to learn and develop themselves. When you put time and energy to read, attend conferences, associate with people better than yourself, and become a lifelong learner you will grow in wisdom. This is because you are learning what others have learned and can apply it to your own life and leadership.
Albert Einstein said, “Wisdom is not the product of schooling but the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” Growing in knowledge is one aspect of wisdom. It can’t just stop with knowledge but should be applied in gaining experience.
2. Gain experience- It is important to use your knowledge and talents to gain experience. When you do this over time the byproduct will be that you grow in wisdom in your specific niche or industry. You become wise in the areas you gain experience in. This is one of the reasons finding your purpose and talents is so important because it produces wisdom in your life.
It’s important to gain wisdom during the successes and failures you experience. They key is to evaluate what has happened, learn from it, then to keep stretching in your experiences so it moves you forward towards future wisdom.
3. Seek a higher power- The most effective way to grow in wisdom is by asking God for it. I have found praying for wisdom is a Leaders Greatest Prayer. God grants wisdom to those who pray and ask for it. The book of Proverbs says, “For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” I want to encourage you begin to pray and ask God for wisdom on a daily basis.
When you gain knowledge, experience, and seek a higher power you will begin to see your wisdom increase.
Question: What are some other ways a leader can grow in wisdom?