To my mind, wisdom is not just about focusing on what we know but rather about becoming increasingly curious about what we don’t know. This can dramatically shift how we approach decision-making and leadership.
In our early years, we are surrounded by voices talking at us. Parents, guardians, teachers, friends and indeed society tell us how to think, what to believe and set limits on what we should aspire to.
As we age, we start finding our own voice, but it often lacks confidence and may be accompanied by whispers of doubt as to what others may think of us. As a result, we play roles, projecting what we believe the world wants to see, continually looking for outside validation rather than trusting the wisdom that lies within.
But true growth, the journey to wisdom, begins when we embrace our vulnerabilities. It starts with recognising our imperfections and understanding that our deep inner strength is built on accepting who we are, warts and all.
In leadership, this means admitting we don’t have all the answers.
This means accepting that our decisions and our leadership may be less than perfect.
And that is OK. Yet, this courageous step is only the beginning!
Empowering Leaders to Shift Their Energy and Attention
This allows us to shift our energy and attention away from defending what we know to the perspectives and bigger pictures we may not have considered.
To removing distractions and interruptions.
To prioritising accomplishment over mere action.
To becoming more attuned to learning where to look and what to ignore.
To building organisations and systems that are more robust and resilient.
I would invite you to join me in this today. There is a host of free content on the site to help everyone nurture their curiosity and increasingly tap into their inner wisdom.
Remember, like most of us, you probably know both more and less than you think.
My invitation is to take a moment to reflect right now. Ask yourself:
Where might I benefit from embracing what I don’t know?
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