Are you intelligent or wise?
As leaders, we all hope to have an equal balance between intelligence and wisdom, but invariably our followers seem to categorize us. Personally, I never recall being accused of one, but am, rather consistently referred to as the other.
On occasion, I have given some thought as to why this occurs and my disposition on where my followers have placed me on their spectrum. Am I insulted? Honored? Bewildered? Which side of the scale do I believe I should be judged? If I had to choose between the two, where is it I’d like to be aligned?
Dictionary.com defines intelligence as:
1. capacity for learning, reasoning, understanding, and similar forms of mental activity; aptitude in grasping truths, relationships, facts, meanings, etc.
2. manifestation of a high mental capacity:
3. the faculty of understanding.
Sounds like a good place for a leader to be associated…and yet, wisdom is defined as:
1. the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise.
2. the soundness of an action or decision with regard to the application of experience, knowledge, and good judgment
3. the body of knowledge and principles that develops within a specified society or period.
So does this imply one must be old to be wise?
I find it curious that both words are nouns, as a result, perhaps it really makes no difference if we’re viewed as either, for without any action each is only self-serving.
So…are you wise or intelligent? Perhaps the REAL question is now that you've decided what will you DO? Just askin…
Be good to yourself…