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?