The word “Prudence” is not a word we hear used much anymore. Most people have never heard the word let alone understand its meaning. If we explore the essential meaning of prudence it refers to the careful good judgement which helps someone avoid risk or danger. It is also defined as the ability to govern and discipline oneself by use of reason. The other day I heard an additional reference or framework for the word prudence which applies to the leaders we all aspire to be. This explanation of prudence indicated – Doing the “Right” thing at the “Right” time the “Right” way.
Over the past few months, there has been a lot of discussion about various topics as the economy returns to a fuller cycle. During this spin up there have been challenges with employment – getting enough people back into the workplace to execute the roles needed for each business. There has also been lots of discussion on the supply chain and the gaps which are impacting business to provide goods and services. This in turn creates consumption issues such as not gaining access to products or the hording of products by some which reduces the availability for others.
As leaders we have a unique opportunity to lead with “Prudence” during the times we are presently involved in. Not only leading in our businesses but also in our communities. By doing the “Right” thing we can set a standard. By doing it at the “right” time allows for the standard to be part of our daily lives and for those who are around us. By doing it the “Right” way allows each of us leaders to be authentic and accountable for our leadership.
This week as you navigate the various challenges which propagate in your business, take the time to stop and let prudence guide your leadership. Prudence, by definition, brings to the surface good judgement to avoid risk and danger. It also implies the use of reason when working through a situation you are presented with. Taking those aspects and using the framework of right thing, time, and way you have a remarkable process for leading in times of challenge.
The use of prudence on a recurring basis, leads to great wisdom. The business world and our society are seeking for leaders of great wisdom. Each of us deep inside have not just the potential to be full of prudence and wisdom but now have the events and timing to bring it forward for active integration in our world.
Step back and take the few moments in time to bring forth your prudence for the growth and stability of your organization. Let wisdom flourish within the walls of your business. These simple but monumental frameworks will allow for substantial scalability of your organization in time of challenge.
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