Helping wise leaders make WISE decisions
W.I.S.E Leadership Approach
(Wisdom, Insight, Self-awareness, Ethics)
“Good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment.”
I’ve been a military leader in war and in peace, a senior business leader in a highly competitive industry and a strategic consultant.
I understand mission criticality and the contribution that high performance brings to achieving success. I know the importance of functional behaviour.
But some of the hardest lessons I've learned have shown me that leaders need the insight to understand the 'what', self-awareness to understand the 'how', a strong moral compass to understand the 'what happens when ...' and wisdom to answer the question 'I know I can but should I?"
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Future leadership is a heady mix of complexity and uncertainty. It demands specific skillsets and a grasp of knowledge that itself is increasing exponentially. Future leadership occurs in a connected world where relationships are unclear, blurred, ambiguous and contradictory. This pace of change and lack of clarity means the leader exists in an environment where knowing and not knowing co-exist.
Most people can steer the ship in calm waters; however, truly WISE Leadership occurs in that moment when we do not know something – we don’t know what we are doing, where we are going or how we are going to get there. Therefore, WISE Leadership requires both Head and Heart … and both need to be connected and intelligent.
"Leadership that exudes Wisdom amidst uncertainty, opportunity and threat stays attuned to ‘what is’. The nature of ‘who’ the leader is as a person lies at the heart of wisdom.
When the ‘who’ is rooted in values respected by the community, is humble in a world that demands answers and is courageous in the face of darkness, then the leader is possessed of wisdom.
Such a leader is attuned always to the play, the mood of the moment, and keeps their eyes scanning the far horizon."