We live in an era of knowledge. More than at any time in history, knowledge is available at the touch of a button. We can gather more knowledge in a day than our ancestors could acquire in years, and perhaps even a lifetime.
But do we have wisdom? Did they?
It is amazing when you consider that they built grand architectural masterpieces, invented means for transportation and communication, and sent men to the moon on much more limited resources than those available to us today.
How is this possible?
They had more than knowledge. They had wisdom. Wisdom is applied knowledge.
Many people stop at knowledge. In doing so, they are missing the remaining steps that build a legacy. John Maxwell sums it up well: “Wisdom is knowing what to do, and skill is knowing how to do it. Virtue is doing it.”
In this simple quote is the staircase to leadership legacy.
- Acquire Knowledge – Always be learning.
- Assess Situations – Apply wisdom and discernment.
- Acquire Skills – Welcome practical training.
- Take Action – Virtue is acting on your knowledge, wisdom, and skills.
Take some time to listen to this recent podcast where you will learn more ways to apply wisdom. Acquire the knowledge, assess how you can apply it to your realm of leadership, gain the skills you need, and take virtuous action to apply the wisdom.
And ask yourself regularly what step you are on in your leadership journey. It is a powerful exercise.
As the CEO of Strength Leader Development, Deb Ingino is a highly sought-after international executive mentor, coach, trainer, and speaker. Deb is well versed in global business operations and helps business leaders and their teams to discover and leverage their strengths, so they can create highly collaborative teams that deliver great results. With a refreshingly direct style, and using the Maxwell Method, Deb helps leaders and teams to deliver profitable results. Connect with Deb to learn more about her mentorship and coaching programs to equip you with advanced strategies to elevate your results.