The more advice you take the more well-rounded your decisions. Still, as we take on more experience or we rise to greater responsibility, we risk pride edging out advice. Stay humble. When we make and enact plans with good counsel, we are more likely to succeed.
For lack of guidance a nation falls,
but victory is won through many advisers.
Plans fail for lack of counsel,
but with many advisers they succeed.
Surely you need guidance to wage war,
and victory is won through many advisers.
Want some advice? Often, the answer is maybe. If there are no strings attached. As long as I can make the final decision. Maybe. You can offer it, but I might not take it. Take it. Just take it. Take it all. Take advice.
The more advice you take the more well-rounded your decisions. Chances are if you have several advisors, the advice won’t all be identical. When you join it all together, the common themes and wisdom for the advice will float to the top. Your path will likely be clear.
We can see that this is about our plans as people, yet also applies to the running of a nation and to the waging of war. The value of advisors spans across many venues. Still, some people ignore advice. They don’t even seek it out.
In Proverbs 11, there is also a proverb about pride and humility. Wisdom is found in humility, while pride leads to disgrace. Here’s the issue: as we take on more experience or we rise to greater responsibility, we risk pride edging out advice. Stay humble.
If you think because you are the leader that you have to know the answer, or worse, if you think that you always know the answer, you’ll be a victim of your own pride. Your plans will fail. Even CEO’s and presidents and prime ministers need the wise counsel of advisors.
I have heard lately that it is wise, if you are older, to have a mentor from a younger generation. The pace of change and innovation in technology and business models can leave old school leaders behind. A younger mentor can help translate. I find this true listening to my younger family members. They offer a rich perspective that is different from mine.
Of course, having godly advisors is critical. Although not specific in these proverbs, followers of Jesus will value and desire advisors who help them make choices to stay on God’s path. Success for us is pleasing God.
Homework: make a list of the people you consider to be trusted advisors. When was the last time you asked them for their counsel?