Leadership: it is not about leading.

If you read this, you probably already have some leadership role. I suppose it will be safe to assume that even if you are already good or even great at what you do, you are still looking for opportunities to grow and improve.

How can you become better a leader?

The whole question of leaderships has been one of the most researched topics in the social sciences. During the last half of century of so we have witnessed rise and gradual decline of various leadership theories, while most of them still friendly coexist today.

How do we understand what it means to be a leader? Different approached give slightly different, and in a way complementary answers to this question.

Is it about being a great personality? So you either are or not.

Is it about possessing certain traits (intelligence, creativity, etc.) necessary for a leader?

It is about behaving is a certain way that will grant you hoped for outcomes?

Is it about finding the right approach in any given situation?

Is it about being transactional leader, or about being transformational leader, or about being servant leader, or authentic leader, or relational leader, or emotionally intelligent leader, or spiritual leader, or leader who understands the important of our worldviews, or about being wise leader?

We can see that there are plenty of good and useful theories. They are better to be understood not as different (or even contradictory) theories, but as attempts to describe different facets of the same phenomenon.

One who takes even a brief tour into the history of leadership research can easily observe that as time goes these theories become more and more wholistic. That is, they begun to take into account more and more aspects of leaderships: emotional intelligence, spirituality, cultural awareness, and so on.

Now, regardless of the multitude of theories, what makes any leader a good leader?

Is it their ability to lead people after them? Is it their ability to influence people? Or their ability to understand what people want and to use these insights for the benefit of their organization?

Sure, there is are good things in all of them. But ability to lead alone, without not knowing where to lead, can be useless or even dangerous. Ability to influence people, to know what they want and to appeal to it, without knowing what their truly need, can be manipulation that does more harm than good.

The point is this, – whatever abilities, intelligence, skill a person may possess, they all need to be grounded into a bigger picture.

There is an alternative within the Wiseberg wisdom paradigm. And it is not about leading. Or more precise, it is not about leading alone. It is also about wisdom.

Wise leader. What does this mean?

Wise [Berg] leader knows the Good Design, the order of creation, the ideal blueprint. This is, why Wise [Berg] leader is well equipped to do three things:

[1] To assess, to diagnose the current situation in terms of organizational culture.

[2] To know where they need to be.

[3] Wise [Berg] leader has necessary tools and skills to lead the organization to where it needs to be.

Wise leaders will benefit from having all the good and helpful traits and characteristics, but their most important assets will be their knowledge of the Good Design and toolkit that enables them to get there.

The last note. True wisdom, and truly wise leaders are never narrowly concerned with their own gains, they care for other. Their wisdom is a light that shines in darkness and shows the way for others as well.

Would you want to be wise a leader?

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