Repost from 2012
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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