There are many variations when it comes to leadership styles. Yet at the core, it may be possible to boil down a person’s central or “core” leadership style as the product of one or the other of two issues: Concentration or Distribution.
Great leaders are almost always great simplifiers, who can cut through argument, debate, and doubt to offer a solution everybody can understand.
—General Colin Powell
wis· dom [ˈwizdəm]
NOUN: the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment.
Over the past few weeks I explored the role that leaders play in looking ahead and preparing for what might be looming on the horizon. This discussion came to the forefront of my thinking because the month of September was National Preparedness Month in the United States. OK, so now it is October and it’s time to move on to another topic – well, sort of…
Last week, in an ongoing discussion regarding the US National focus during September on disaster preparedness, I stated that, “Prudence and leadership are definitely close cousins. And the month of September is a great month to practice both.”
Last week I discussed the leadership quality of being willing – and the ability – to “look ahead” and ascertain “what is or could be occurring.” As I mentioned then, this is an essential quality for those who are in leadership. While it can indeed be difficult to accurately assess the current situation, size up the factors that are affecting where we are headed, foresee what is on the horizon, and determine what to do in light of the potential realities, there are things we can do to prepare.
A prudent person foresees danger and takes precautions.
The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.