What it Takes to Get Leadership Wisdom

July 7, 2010 - Mac Lake - Leadership
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Finding yourself making a lot of mistakes?  Getting a lot of resistance to your leadership?  Frustrated by a lack of progress?  Perhaps you need a good dose of leadership wisdom.  It’s easy to fall into the trap of being a busy leader rather than a discerning leader.   Solomon reminds us, “Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you.”  I was doing a study of wisdom in Proverbs recently and discovered 5 factors that keep us from having leadership wisdom. (If you put your cursor over the bible references below you will be able to read the verses)

  1. Impatience – I want it fixed now. Seeking wisdom requires TIME.  Proverbs 1:20-21, 14:8
  2. Laziness – I don’t have drive or energy to seek out options and the right solution. Seeking wisdom requires ENERGY.  Proverbs 2:1-5
  3. Self reliance  – I can figure it out myself, I don’t need anyone’s help. Seeking wisdom requires HUMILITY.   Proverbs 3:7; 9:10; 28:26
  4. Failure to Seek counsel – I didn’t think about seeking counsel from others. Seeking wisdom requires a TEACHABLE SPIRIT.  Proverbs 9:9; 12:15; 13:10, 20. 15:31, 19:20.
  5. Lack of Prayer – I neglect talking to God about my leadership opportunities and decisions.  Seeking wisdom requires PRAYER.  Proverbs 2:6, James 1:5
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3 responses to What it Takes to Get Leadership Wisdom

  1. Great reminder.

    May a add a part to the Lack of Prayer – Solitude and/or time in the wilderness alone with God of a long period of time. Not just us talking for 15 minutes – blocking chunks of time!!!
    (i.e. Moses)

    Great to see you helping at WRC now. I miss serving on staff there. Great people!

  2. Thanks for this Mac – I need this today. Blessings on your new journey by the way!!

  3. Busy vs discerning. That’s powerful. We can get so wrapped up in accomplishing the task that we can easily neglect everything around it. Someone once told me, “be careful not to focus so much on the fruit that you forget about the root.”

    I wonder if a lack of self awareness could be a #6 to this list. These 5 factors are indeed concise and true but only work if we recognize them in ourselves so that we can overcome them.

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