Wisdom from the Wisest Person who ever Lived (Pt. 1)

Theological scholars consider King Solomon to be the wisest person who ever lived. Countless life and leadership lessons can be learned from King Solomon’s writings found in the book of Proverbs. The tested and proven wisdom can assist us in leading to our maximum potential, no matter your religious views. Below are my thoughts on some of the words of wisdom found in the book of Proverbs.

Proverbs 4: 23 “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”

Your heart condition greatly impacts your leadership. A heart overflowing with peace, kindness, joy, and love can cause you to lead effectively and have a thriving life. The potential issue comes because leadership is about being around and working with other people. The people around us, even if they have the best intentions, can break or sway our hearts. I once heard something similar to this: The best of times are with people and the worst of times are with people. The key is to still be intentional about building relationships with those around us while also protecting our heart condition.

Proverbs 10: 9 “People with integrity walk safely, but those who follow crooked paths will slip and fall.”

Lasing leaders have firmly founded themselves on character and integrity. The best leaders understand that compromising on their personal convictions or what they know is right will lead them down a dark path, resulting in negative consequences and a loss of influence. Safety comes when we chose to consistently do the right thing. The world needs more leaders who have a high ethical and moral standard. To stay firmly founded, deliberately place people around you who will hold you accountable for your actions, both in your personal and professional life.

Questions: What is your favorite Proverbs verse? What lessons can you share about these two verses?

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  • Prov. 15:1 “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” This is something that leaders need to learn quickly when correcting. This is true in the workplace, with family, volunteers, etc.

    • That’s a great one, Charles. Thank you for sharing it.

  • Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all you do, and He will make your paths straight.”

    • Amen! Thank you for sharing that one. It’s a powerful one.

  • You are asking me to do the impossible Dan. There are so many Proverbs I like. Every other month I read through the book and underline a new verse I found. I guess in keeping with your wisdom theme: 13:20 would be one.

    • True answer, Bill. It’s hard for me to pick just one as well:) Thank you for reading and sharing.

  • Good morning Dan, my favorite Proverb is 11:25 “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshing others will be refreshed.”

    • Hello Paul,

      That’s a great one! Thank you for sharing it.

  • Proverbs 18:24 is one of my favorites: “A man of too many friends comes to ruin, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

    • What a great Proverb! Thank you for sharing it.

    • While I’m sure I’ve read it, that one has stood out to me until tonight. Thanks for sharing it Chris. How incredibly true!

      • Ya, that’s a powerful one!

      • Thanks Tom. It has often spoken to me about choosing the right friends.

  • So many wonderful verses in proverbs but I think my go-to verses are Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he shall direct your paths.”

    • That’s a powerful one, TC Avey! Thank you for mentioning it.

  • Powerful message about guarding your heart from Solomon! What I love about this passage is that it is so applicable to almost every part of our lives– marital relationships, friendships, business, and that internal monologue! That’s exactly the point!

    • That’s very true. We need to make sure our heart is guarded and nourished in all our relationships. Thank you for taking the time to read and add to the discussion.

  • DS

    Proverbs 29:23 “Pride brings a person low, but the lowly in spirit gain honor.” You can just about turn to any chapter and find a practical verse in Proverbs – great way to involve folks!

    • Great verse! So true. Thank you for reading and sharing.

  • My favorite is 3:5-6 because I need to be constantly reminded to trust in the Lord and not to be wise in my own eyes. Critically important to succeed in leadership. We’ve seen so many leaders fall because they were wise in their own eyes.

    • That’s one of my favorites as well. Godly wisdom is priceless. Thank you for reading and adding to the discussion.

  • Proverbs 6:6-11 is one of my favorites!

    • That’s a good one, thank you for sharing it with us.

  • I love Prov. 3:26 which talks about the Lord being our confidence and protecting us. Pray it all the time! Great post Dan.

    • Amen! Thank you for reading and sharing.

  • I love, love, love the Proverbs. Last year I memorized Prov ch 9 in Russian. It’s a great section for young men! I also really like Prov 1:7. “The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom”. I preached on that verse for the start of the school year.

    • Me too! Those are powerful verses. Thank you for taking the time to read and share.

    • Me too! Those are powerful verses. Thank you for taking the time to read and share.

  • I love Proverbs 31 because that’s the kind of woman I’m looking for.

  • Hi Dan,

    This was a great post and I loved the second proverb you shared along with you additional thoughts about it. The greatest leaders I’ve observed and worked with have had tremendous integrity. I think it is leaders who have integrity and high morals who really stand out from the rest and gain the most respect from followers.

    Thank you.

    • Hello Hiten,

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post. It defiantly is a essential aspect to leading successfully. Thank you for reading and adding to the discussion. I appreciate it.

  • Proverbs 31 baby!

    • Good one, David. Thank you for sharing it.

  • My favorite proverbs is 30:5 “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.”

    • Amen! That’s a great one. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  • Proverbs 10:4 (NIV) – Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.

    Simply put, to be successful, you must get to work. No one every said success was easy.

    I love this post Dan! Proverbs is awesome! Thirty-one chapters in all…one for each day of the month.

    • Hello Larry,

      Such a true verse! Any level of success requires working hard (This is one of the verses that will be in part 2). Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

  • My favorite ones are the couple, “Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” That is the foundation and beginning of all enlightenment. To fear or revere the world more than the One that holds all of it in His hands is folly, the opposite of wisdom. Everything else works itself out if we start with that proper foundation of truth. Good one, Dan.

    • Hello Floyd,

      That’s such a great verse! Thank you for reading and sharing it:)

  • Proverbs 29:18, “Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he”

    • Amen! That’s a important one to keep in mind:) Thank you for sharing it.

  • Joshua Lee Henry

    Great series Dan! You may want to consider digging a little deeper on the leadership lessons of Proverbs, by reading “The Leadership Wisdom of Solomon: 28 Essential Strategies for Leading with Integrity” by Pat Williams, best-selling author, motivational speaker, Christian businessman and Senior VP of the Orlando Magic. I am reading it now and it certainly does not disappoint!

    • Hello Joshua,

      Thank you:) I’m going to put that book on my reading list. Thank you for recommending it. I always enjoy when you stop by and share.

  • Proverbs is a fantastic book filled with tons of practical wisdom. While I don’t have a favorite verse, I do love to go through the Proverbs monthly as a slight reading plan.

    • Yes, it sure is. I also make it a point to read Proverbs throughout the month.

  • An excellent post Dan. Thanks!

    • Thank you, Darin. Glad you enjoyed it!