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7 Attributes of a Wise Leader

I write and speak a lot about wisdom. I think wisdom is critical to good leadership. Leadership demands consistent decision-making, and a wise leader has developed certain attributes that protect the leader and the organization during this process. A leader learns wisdom from the personal experience of success and failure and from the insight of other leaders.

Here are 7 attributes of a wise leader:

Timing – The wise leader uses sound judgment and is patient, knowing there is a right time to act and there are times to wait…

Morality – The wise leader places a high value on character and integrity, knowing that ultimately everything rises and falls on these qualities…

Vision – The wise leader understands the value of a big picture, and, therefore, keeps an eye on something worth attaining…

Initiative – The wise leader is risk-taking and intentionally encourages innovation, change, and forward progress…

Diligence – The wise leader continues in spite of adversity, knowing that reaching a goal is worth the struggles to get there…

Strategy – The wise leader realizes that no dream becomes reality without proper planning…

People – The wise leader knows that people are the key to any organizational or team success and works to develop and empower others…

Which of these do you need more experience in developing? 

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Ron Edmondson is a pastor and church leader passionate about planting churches, helping established churches thrive, and assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy and life. Ron has over 20 years business experience, mostly as a self-employed business owner, and he's been helping churches grow vocationally for over 10 years.