The Power of Knowing, the base to all Leadership

The Power of Knowledge

Knowledge is an essential part of the leadership puzzle. It is the base to which all decisions and actions are made. Without knowledge a leader is incomplete, incompetant and useless. Knowledge gives a leader the ability to make educated decisions and evaluate their peers.

There is no substitute for knowledge. Know yourself, know your business, know your men.

Defining "Knowledge" defines knowledge as an "acquaintance with facts, truths, or principles, as from study or investigation." When applying that cut and dry definition to leadership, there is more gray area. Every successful leader is intelligent and has a solid understanding of the material they are working with. A truly great leader uses that knowledge and their self-awareness to make themselves, and the people around them better. They maximize everyone's abilities in an effort to be as productive as possible. Knowledge allows a leader to piece all of the resources he or she is given and arrange them for the betterment of the group and for the common good.
Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech 2005

Knowledge, not necessarily education

Steve Jobs is a prime example how a leader can possess knowledge, without having the highest level of education. He was a college drop out and eventually became the CEO of Apple Inc. As leader of one of the most successful companies he possessed knowledge of how to make everything run smoothly and effectively. He will go down as one of the greatest and brightest men in history for his ability to apply his knowledge for the betterment of others


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