Would not organizations, and their stalkholders, be considered better served and represented, in a relevant, realistic, sustainable manner, if more of our leaders were clearly, WISE ? How many times have you surprised, why someone, serving in a position of leadership, seemed to make such an ill – informed, unrealistic, not thought – out, action, when there appeared to be far better options and alternatives? Some of this occurs, because of the individuals, groups select, and / or elect, to serve as a leader, but, sometimes, it’;s a result of the lack of foresight by existing and past leaders, who failed to realize and visualize, the essential need, for a professionally planned, organized and developed, leadership planning / training program. With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly, consider, review, examine and discuss, using the mnemonic approach, what this means / requires, and representations, and why it’;s such an important quality to develop in those we choose to serve and represent.
1. Wisdom; wish / want; why; when; who; what: One must develop relevant wisdom, based on a combination of factors, including, quality training, personal attitude and commitment, experience (and what one does with it), using experience to develop relevant expertise, and develop reliable judgment, etc. It’;s not about simply wishing things were as you hope, nor wanting change, but being proactive, and making that change / difference, for the better! One must always ask why a specific approach is best, ans what you hope to achieve. Create and develop a relevant, realistic time-line, and know when, and at what intervals, you need to evaluate progress. Developing one’;s inner circle, or team, which can be counted on, and having the essential wisdom and judgment, to know, who, might be best fitted for these capacities, is an essential step, along the way.
2. Integrity; ideas; imagination; integrate; institute: One will never be a quality leader, unless he proceeds, with the utmost integrity! One must possess a well – developed imagination, so as to consider options, alternatives, and possibilities, with an open – mind, and perceive and conceive of, create, develop, and institute quality ideas, which can be integrated, effectively, into the specific group.
3. System; solution; service; sustainable; stronger: Any program or action, must be part of an overall, sustainable system, focused on making the specific group stronger, and more viable. These actions must emphasize solutions, and the highest quality service!
4. Empathy; emphasis; energy; excellence: Great leaders realize they must effectively listen, and learn, from every conversation, and experience, so they can, consistently, proceed with the utmost degree of empathy! This should direct one’;s primary and secondary emphasis, and inspire, motivate, and energize, both, existing, as well as potential stakeholders. It is necessary to demonstrate the commitment to the highest amount of personal excellence, rather than simply accepting, good – enough!
Will you commit to becoming a WISE leader? Are you up to the task?