The power of judging rightly and following the soundest course of action, based on knowledge, experience, understanding (Webster’s definition), and I’ll add age, if used to enlighten (free from ignorance, prejudice, or superstition) one’s self.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.
Don’t follow any advice, no matter how good, until you feel as deeply in your spirit as you think in your mind that the counsel is wise.
Age was added to Webster’s definition because, for me, it was not a dimension I considered/thought about in my younger days (strange that I did not think about the potential for physical pain, surgery, etc. It gave me a new feeling of vulnerability since I expected an older age to be “free and easy” (since I had lived a healthy, almost pain-free life).
This new feeling of vulnerability has given me a new level enlightenment on those of all ages who suffer with emotional, and physical pain. Even a new level of enlightenment about by grandfather who spent most of his life in a wheelchair. Why? Because he never once complained about his situation, but went about making his life easier to tolerate by finding new ways to move from one place to the next.
Wisdom has been added to the discussion about leadership for without it one’s ability to lead is diminished. Wisdom is not one-dimensional. Wisdom requires thinking first, then putting yourself in your subordinates’ position before taking the next step. The number of bosses I counseled with about what they were asking of those who reported to them did not consider what it required of that person (e.g., telling a subordinate they can’t have a file cabinet to put their supplies and personal items in….just use a box…???
Wisdom and the next three topics (Perception, Discipline, and Commitment) need to be woven together.