Today leaders are facing uncertainty, disruption, racial inequality, and economic disaster. More than ever before, followers are seeking unity, empathy, support, and guidance.
This together is creating a greater need for Leadership Wisdom to meet the needs of people, organizations, and communities.
Leadership roles and responsibilities are drastically changing. Gone are the days when leaders sit in the corner office at the top of the organizational hierarchy. Today’s leaders need to be at the center, deep within the organization, and on the outer edges. They need to lead from a position that allows them to have a 360-degree panoramic view and the capacity to get their hands dirty when needed.
The way leaders need to lead has also changed. Work is more collaborative, its information-driven, but also fragmented. Technology continues to advance and so does the way people connect, communicate, and collaborate. Everything is moving, nothing is static, and change is the only constant.
All this has caused leadership to evolve. Leadership has become less formal, with flatter organizational structures. There is a greater focus on guiding and influencing to achieve results. Rather than the leaders taking an authoritative position figuring everything out and then directing followers on how, when, and where to do it.
Leadership Wisdom is necessary to drive sustainable results into an ever-evolving future.
Leadership Wisdom is a combination of self-awareness, personal experiences, and the confidence to use intuition and insight to create the vision. It is about having the capacity to empower people, to ensure their sense of well-being, and guiding them toward collective success.
Wise leaders will transcend their ego-driven identity so they can persistently question, actively listen, and continuously learn. They use critical thinking skills in their decision making and always balance long and short-term goals.
Wise leaders create a culture where the focus is on what is right with people vs wrong while fostering an environment where people can do their best work.
Wise leaders give trust before they get it in return. They are authentic and believe in leading with personal integrity.
Wise leaders express empathy and compassion to all their followers and always lead from both the head and the heart.
Finally, wise leaders are purpose-driven and can clearly articulate their personal “why”. They remain positive and always strive to lead by example.