"A leader, without wisdom, is dangerous. A wise person, without leadership, is useless. But if they work together, they are unstoppable." – Charles Tadros
Numbers of academicians, recognized business leaders, and philosophers support the perspective that wisdom is a phenomenologic event. When wisdom shows up, certain phenomena occur.
When the phenomenon of wisdom appears, there is a distinct shift in the space. Wisdom somehow brings forth another realm of possibilities, experiences and alters how people relateto each other. Other possibilities and experiences that were not present beforehand. Other ways of talking to each other that actually work.
Wisdom alters people's intellect, how they think about situations, each other, and of themselves. And, there is a definite improvement in emotional tone and scale. Working on wisdom is enabling leaders to bring forth this Wisdom phenomenon when needed, intentionally and consciously. Consciously being the operative word here.
SOME IMMEDIATE BENEFITS OF WISDOM FOR LEADERS
Wisdom is difficult to define, yet somehow you know it when you see and feel it. Yes, when you feel it.
Wisdom generates a feeling in others of serenity, sanctuary, calmness, and trust. Wisdom takes the "up-tightness" out of the room.
Wisdom allows people to be more authentic and self-expressed and pushes inciting, blaming, shaming, or guilting others to the sidelines.
Wisdom ongoingly develops knowledge, experience, and insights, allowing a deep understanding of others cognitively and emotionally.
Wisdom provides a non-anxious presence during anxious moments.
Wisdom puts a leader directly in a paradox. On one end, they possess deep knowledge and profound understanding. And, on the other end, they realize they really don't know sh*t.
Wisdom stops you from trying to prove your self-worth and intelligence to others.
Wisdom doesn't care about being right. Not caring about being right reduces judging, assessing, and evaluating others as well as yourself.
Wisdom instinctively knows how to relate to a constantly changing world, a world that is much more anxiety-producing with its grinding uncertainty, ambiguity, and chaos. This is when wisdom is the most useful and at its best.
Wisdom allows for making the right decisions, at the right time, with the right people, in the right way, so the appropriate actions are taken, delivering the desired result more consistently