King Solomon has been called the wisest person who ever walked on earth. I have been reading his proverbs on leadership and found many of them insightful. Let’s have a quick review of his words of wisdom that may accelerate your leadership and influence.
Don’t walk around with a chip on your shoulder,
always spoiling for a fight.
Don’t try to be like those who shoulder their way through life.
Why be a bully?
A wise heart takes orders;
an empty head will come unglued.
The wise accumulate knowledge—a true treasure;
know-it-alls talk too much—a sheer waste.
The more talk, the less truth;
the wise measure their words.
The world of the generous gets larger and larger;
the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.
The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed;
those who help others are helped.
If you love learning, you love the discipline that goes with it—
how short-sighted to refuse correction!
Rash language cuts and maims,
but there is healing in the words of the wise.
Arrogant know-it-alls stir up discord,
but wise men and women listen to each other’s counsel.
Become wise by walking with the wise;
hang out with fools and watch your life fall to pieces.
A mean person gets paid back in meanness,
a gracious person in grace.
Slowness to anger makes for deep understanding;
a quick-tempered person stockpiles stupidity.
Know-it-alls don’t like being told what to do;
they avoid the company of wise men and women.
Refuse good advice and watch your plans fail;
take good counsel and watch them succeed.
A good leader motivates,
doesn’t mislead, doesn’t exploit.
Good leaders cultivate honest speech;
they love advisors who tell them the truth.
An intemperate leader wreaks havoc in lives;
you’re smart to stay clear of someone like that.
Good-tempered leaders invigorate lives;
they’re like spring rain and sunshine.
First pride, then the crash—
the bigger the ego, the harder the fall.
Answering before listening
is both stupid and rude.
Words kill, words give life;
they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.
Take good counsel and accept correction—
that’s the way to live wisely and well.
Form your purpose by asking for counsel,
then carry it out using all the help you can get.
Observe people who are good at their work—
skilled workers are always in demand and admired;
they don’t take a backseat to anyone.
If you fall to pieces in a crisis,
there wasn’t much to you in the first place.
You use steel to sharpen steel,
and one friend sharpens another.
If you care for your orchard, you’ll enjoy its fruit;
if you honor your boss, you’ll be honored.
Pride lands you flat on your face;
humility prepares you for honors.
These wise words were from the Message by Eugene Peterson.
Have a great week being a wise leader who positively influences others to success!
Michael J Griffin
John Maxwell Team Founding Member
AchieveForum Master Trainer