I’m finding that maturity in leadership is a component of success that too often we never diagnose. The knee jerk reaction when there is a problem with leaders is putting their policies under the microscope and using them (policies) for the forensic evidence of the political error. Through investigation I am seeing that position does not produce maturity in a leader. Maturity is not just having experience, it’s learning and correcting one’s self by and through those experiences. A person can have a grownup body and a childish heart. A person’s talents and education can get them to the top, but if their character is not developed at the same pace, there will be no sustained legacy worth recording.
I like what Samuel Ullman said “Maturity is the ability to think, speak and act your feelings within the bounds of dignity. The measure of your maturity is how spiritual you become during the midst of your frustrations.”
What does mature leadership look like?
- do not make rash decisions fueled by political hype or emotions
- are willing to listen to the voice of opposition without a retaliatory response but weigh opposing views sincerely
- are patient
- think before they speak
- realize a nation is not one person but a community of people working towards a common goal
- take responsibility when they fail
- share the accolades with others for success
The conclusion is this. A mature leader cares about others more than himself. Immaturity is synonymous with selfishness. A child is selfish and thinks only of itself. It cries when it needs fed, screams when its uncomfortable, throws a temper tantrum when it doesn’t get its own way, and will have a pity party when corrected.
Leadership is not just about casting vision, having plans on how to get there, and displaying intellectual prowess, but also being an example of stability which requires maturity. A child can be given a deer rifle and someone will get hurt, put it in the hands of a mature adult and someone will be fed from its rightful use. Whether the citizenry is helped or hurt will depend on the maturity of their leadership. In other words, how will they use their position? To serve self or the people?