Introduction to the Topic
The reading this week covered chapters 3-4 of Resilient Leaders by Robert F. Dees. Dees (2013) summarized that character is formed by a three strand cord consisting of selflessness, integrity, and courage. Chapter three discussed the importance of integrity and courage in leadership. Dees (2013) provides definitions and comprehensive overviews of leadership integrity and courage. Chapter four discusses the importance of wisdom in leadership. Illustrations of leadership without wisdom were brought to light. Additionally, the chapter differentiates a leader from a wise leader along with the importance of growth in attaining wisdom, knowledge, in character and competence. Dees (2013) says that wisdom is the bridge…show more content… Integrity is more than being honest. Integrity is one of the values employers look for when selecting employees; a person with integrity carries their values with them in everything they do. To act in a manner that is morally and legally right is being a leader or person of integrity. This type of leader is consistent in doing what is right, legally and morally (Dees, 2014). One a person loses their integrity, it is almost impossible to get it back. Linnartz (2012) said integrity can be understood by how well we live and meaningfully connect our values into our daily life and work. Having integrity and having a leadership philosophy in line with good personal values will improve the relationship a leader has with colleagues. Having a leader that lacks integrity is a recipe for workplace chaos or conflict. According to Schachter (2013), a leader with integrity will walk the talk; their deeds match their words. The leader will be honest, moral, and…show more content… As stated in John 16:33 (NKJV), “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” This passage clearly illustrates that in life and as a leader there will be trials and tribulations. “Be of good cheer” is to be confident and courageous. By trusting in God, He will give you peace in the midst of pressure. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV), “Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain”. Paul was telling the Corinthians to continue steadfast in the work of Christ. Many reject God’s word, but we must be faithful and have the courage to continue His work.
Wisdom. Wisdom can be defined as the ability to take the right action at the right time (Admad, Salleh, Awang, & Mohamad, 2013). While there is a multitude of traits that can characterize wise leadership, one that is paramount to a leader’s success is wisdom. According to Dees (2013), courage can easily turn into folly without proper wisdom. Wise leaders make informed decisions while weighing their options. Additionally, a wise leader understands that the growth component of wisdom is continual over one’s