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Wise Leadership

Wise Leadership

Linda A. McLyman
Copyright Date: 2005
  • Book Info
    Wise Leadership
    Book Description:

    Wise Leadershipbreaks from the formulas offered up in traditional self-help or management and leadership books. Rather than providing a set of quick-fix recipes for success, McLyman invites leaders instead to listen to the simple, poignant words she has garnered from working alongside some of her most successful and powerful clients during twenty-plus years of management consulting. These are the leaders everyone wants to have in their organizations.

    In a simple, practical, and insightful style, McLyman shows her readers to how grasp the values, beliefs, and truths that are commonly held by many of today's wisest leaders. Discover what it really means to work not just as a smart and intelligent leader, but also as a very wise leader. The path to intelligence, we discover, is not necessarily the same path to wisdom. McLyman encourages us to listen to the thoughts and feelings behind the simple words. As we eavesdrop on conversations with clients, we are invited to ponder our own meaning of wise leadership. There are no quick solutions, no simple answers; instead, McLyman declares, we must learn to think for ourselves. This insightful book offers an opportunity for people from all walks of life to learn more about the concept of leadership and to gain an understanding of what it really means to be a wise leader in today's complex and challenging world.

    eISBN: 978-1-60917-446-0
    Subjects: Business, Management & Organizational Behavior

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. I-IV)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. V-VI)
    (pp. VII-VIII)
    (pp. 1-10)

    The personal journey toward becoming a wise leader is a very important journey. At this point in history our world needs leaders who are willing to make a sincere commitment to individual growth and development. We need men and women who will take the time and energy to broaden their consciousness—in essence, heighten their awareness about who they are and how they operate in relationship to the people they influence and lead. Although it may not be realistic to expect our leaders to walk the path of full enlightenment, we need leaders who will make the commitment to becoming...

  5. Wise leaders continuously pursue growth and development as a form of lifelong learning.
    (pp. 11-28)

    Wise leaders never stop learning about themselves, others, or the world in which they live. They want to continue to grow because they care deeply about their own future and the future of the planet. Wise leaders are wholeheartedly committed to being responsible for creating better environments in which people can prosper and grow.

    The wisest leaders I have known are lifelong learners. They allow others to teach them. In fact, they relish being the student.

    Life, for the wise leader, is simply a series of exciting learning opportunities.

    Wise leaders continuously pursue growth and development as a form of...

  6. Wise leaders are very creative and visionary in their approach toward life.
    (pp. 29-52)

    Wise leaders seek to create and set visions at every possible opportunity. Wise leaders are much more visionary and proactive than problem-oriented and reactive. Wise leaders spend more time focusing on what they want to accomplish and do and much less time focusing on what is wrong.

    Mature leadership is about creating and realizing visions, not about solving small problems. Wise leaders focus most of their energy on what they want to accomplish, manifest, or create. They focus very little of their energy on what they want to dismantle or fix.

    A wise leader sets the intention for an intelligent...

  7. Wise leaders have a keen awareness about their place in the bigger scheme of things; they combine a big passion and a big purpose with a “right-sized” ego
    (pp. 53-72)

    Wise leaders know when to step forward and when to step back. They have integrated the difficult life lessons regarding ego, power, and control. Wise leaders have learned to relax, and yet they remain committed to moving forward in order to accomplish their goals.

    Wise leaders have integrated the difficult life lessons regarding ego, power, and control. They have learned to accept what they can control and also what they can not control—in other words, they know when and how to let go.

    Wise leaders are often very passionate people, yet they seem to have a lighthearted presence or...

  8. Wise leaders have exceptional relationship and communication skills. They find human connections to be deeply satisfying.
    (pp. 73-92)

    Wise leaders have an astute understanding about people. They comprehend the universal behaviors that make all human beings tick. Wise leaders understand how to create ideas and solutions with other human beings. Wise leaders seek to enhance the ways in which people can harmoniously live, work, and create together.

    Wise leaders have learned that building relationships is just as important as building products.

    Business issues arealwayspeople issues. Mature leaders never shy away from people issues. They realize that peopleandrelationships have to be factored into any business problem. Weak band-aid approaches toward complex business issues are the...

  9. Wise leaders lead with a strong sense of authenticity and integrity.
    (pp. 93-108)

    Wise leaders have a strong commitment to their personal value system, and they demonstrate this in the action steps they take when they lead. Their actions align with their core values. Wise leaders are highly committed, responsible human beings. They are not afraid to make very difficult decisions.

    Wise leaders appear authentic to others. They wear very few false masks. In fact, they know a lot about their own false masks and work hard to dismantle them. Their actions and their behaviors are congruous with their words and true feelings.

    Mature leaders create work cultures that tend to encourage people...

  10. Wise leaders demonstrate a high degree of emotional maturity.
    (pp. 109-132)

    Wise leaders have learned to tolerate the kinds of emotional upheaval that other people frequently find too difficult to handle. Wise leaders do not flee from difficult situations or difficult feelings. Wise leaders can handle chaotic or painful situations without needing to apply quick fix strategies or solutions.

    Wise leaders are familiar with their own psychological defenses and can recognize the psychological defenses used by others. They work hard at learning to lower their emotional reactivity as often as possible.

    All human beings have shadow sides and blind spots within their personalities. An excellent leader will not expect anyone to...

  11. Wise leaders aim to embrace balance in their lives.
    (pp. 133-152)

    Wise leaders realize that attaining physical, emotional, and spiritual balance in all aspects of their lives is a requirement for gathering more wisdom. They seek to renew themselves on a daily basis. Wise leaders develop practices for attaining balance in their lives and apply discipline in order to utilize these practices.

    When we move toward wholeness, we start to relate to ourselves and others in ways that are more authentic, more satisfying, and more creative. Leaders need to think about the concept of wholeness. Can we create work environments where people can aim to become more whole? I am sure...

  12. Wise leaders are compassionate human beings.
    (pp. 153-174)

    Wise leaders work hard to bring out the best in themselves and other people. They inspire others to do the same. Wise leaders do not shy away from being viewed as fun loving, enthusiastic) caring, or even deeply loving human beings. Wise leaders understand how to care about people without aiming to take care of them.

    Paul, a leader I have known for many years, is highly respected and trusted by his coworkers. Paul works in a setting where people often feel overworked and very stressed. Paul’s willingness to constantly try to bring out the best in people in this...

    (pp. 175-176)
    (pp. 177-183)
  15. Back Matter
    (pp. 184-184)