High-impact leaders aren’t just resilient. They are wise.

You’ve got boundless resilience and are fabulous at overcoming obstacles. But do you have the wisdom to be a leader who makes a difference? You see, having mental stamina isn’t always enough. You can have all the motivation and grit in the world, but you still need wisdom to stand out at work! After all, wisdom give you immediate credibility, impact and confidence.

What is wisdom, anyway?

Wisdom is a combination of learning and experience. Your background, memories and skills contribute to your wisdom. Where does wisdom come from? Psychologists have shown it comes from being flexible. Leaders who are wise try new things. They know that change is inevitable – and they accept this. They  are mentally flexible. This gives them the edge and helps them make a real difference at work and in the world. Successful managers and business owners develop wisdom by being lifelong learners. They are continuously:

  • Training themselves and their teams
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Being coached and mentored themselves
  • Reading and enquiring
  • Extending their skills and building on their natural strengths


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How can you become a wise leader?

Surprisingly few managers and business owners show the flexibility and adaptability that distinguishes leaders who make a difference. That worries me, but fortunately Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) gives leaders dozens of tools for becoming wiser and more flexible.

  1. The Meta Model
  2. The Milton Model
  3. Anchoring
  4. Reframing
  5. Ericksonian storytelling

It’s no secret that number  5 is my personal favourite. It’s a unique  process for using stories to create wisdom – not just within yourself, but also in your team. Milton Erickson was a famous hypnotist. He used cleverly crafted stories to trigger learning. Most of these were designed to promote flexible, generative thinking.

If you’d like to find out how to use inspiring storytelling techniques, please get in touch!  I would love to help you and your team move out of ‘fixed mindset’ thinking and into generative learning mode.

This article was created by Eleanor Shakiba

Eleanor is a leadership trainer and success coach. Her mission is inspiring talented people to become leaders who make a difference.  Since discovering her passion for training and development, Eleanor has trained more than 60,000 people. She delivers face-to-face workshops for corporates, online masterclasses for leaders and Positive Psychology retreats for trainers, HR practitioners and leaders.