“By wisdom a house is built, through understanding it is established, through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.” Proverbs 24: 3-4
Wisdom, Understanding, and Knowledge are three traits of a good leader. By wisdom a house is built – by choosing the right mate, the right employee, the right employer, the right home to purchase, the right apartment to rent, the right city to live in. So many decisions to build that house. Where does the wisdom come from? How do we get there? What do we learn from our roots? Or what do we unlearn from our roots?
I’m a late bloomer. For me, wisdom came on the job, the school of hard knocks as they say. I’m not a victim by any means, I’m a leader. Leaders are not victims. They do not play the “poor me” card. They realize their lesson, understand the circumstances, pick themselves up, dust themselves off, figure it out and do better the next time! They look back and smile because they know they made a difference! Wisdom – a house is built on it!
Understanding establishes that house. Forgiveness of mistakes, of others, of yourself. Over achievers are the worst at self forgiveness. The goal has to be accomplished by the said date or it feels like a failure right! Guess what! WRONG. Stop and look around you. Sometimes the goal isn’t about you. Sometimes the goal is you helping others grow while you are growing yourself. Remembering to be UNDERSTANDING is sometimes the task at hand. Understand it isn’t always about you. Stop and smell the roses, don’t lose focus but cut yourself a break. Your house will be more fully established if it is built with understanding.
Through Knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures. For a younger person reading this, you can’t see the rare and beautiful treasures yet. For an older person I hope you are smiling as you think about what those treasures are. I am right in the middle where I am starting to see the fruit and I can see some of those treasures. My kids are rare and beautiful treasures in my personal life. In my professional life I can see some rare and beautiful treasures coming together as I finish building projects that will be around for years and years to come helping people get to the next level. I can see relationships that I’ve been a part of mending, strengthening. I can see organizational strength that would not be there without my leadership influence.
At the end of the day – what really matters? Think about that as you climb the ladder of success. What do you want to be remembered for? Do you want to be remembered as that cruel leader who did whatever was necessary to get to the top? That leader who was fair? The leader who cared about others, who lead well? Your character is one of the only things that is yours and yours only. Care well for it through wisdom, understanding and knowledge.
What would it give you to be wise, understanding, and knowledgeable in leadership?