How Emerging Sage Leaders Lead

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I like to bring youthfulness to what I do and let older people know there are young people who respect them because they have such a wealth of knowledge. While their experience helps ground me, my enthusiasm helps them to renew their perspectives. Emerging Sage Leader


By far the most important contribution that most emerging sages make is in providing leadership. Sometimes this involves serving as founder of the organization. For other emerging sages it entails providing vision, great execution, leading through others, or simply being able to bring executive level experience to the table. Many emerging sages say they lead by being the public face and voice of their organization—and in building effective relationships with the community. Others lead by developing new and innovative programs, in making certain that the doors of city hall are kept open to all the people, in undertaking needed strategic planning, or in working to turn-around organizational culture. Says one emerging sage leader who recently was a city mayor:

One of the things we did was to meet with all the city employee groups and really listen to what they had to say. Without any attempt to manage outcomes, we just sat down and had discussions with them. I believe we held six meetings in all. It was good to listen to their concerns, and to hear how they have helped people in our community in ways we don’t always get to learn about.

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