Emerging sage leaders acknowledge it is not always easy to bring together people from different backgrounds, who hold different perspectives, and who don’t necessarily share the same values: “How do you bring together people with various strengths and abilities? How do you forge a unified team that is organized around a specific purpose?” One of the emerging sages talks about “building trust through competence.” Another says she builds trust by always doing exactly what she says she is going to do. Others are “direct, but diplomatic.” These insights all point to interpersonal competence and proficiency in leading teams. Trust comes not from the words that leaders pronounce, but from the actions they take in consistently and skillfully working on behalf of the team’s defined outcomes.
The Humble Warrior
The phrase, “humble warrior” seems to capture the essence of the strengths, capabilities, and value that many emerging sages bring to their civic involvement. This kind of leader is a warrior with the passion and energy of mid-life. This man or woman doesn’t just take on a cause to win the war. He or she is fighting for something that benefits other people in the community. Furthermore, these leaders are humble about their accomplishments. They would rather draw attention to the contributions being made by others than to themselves.Download Article 1K Club