Judgecerning Leadership

I suppose we need to begin with what the heck “judgecerning” is. Simply put it is the active use of Judgecernment. That probably doesn’t help much so let’s try that again.

Many people would tell you that good judgement is the most important characteristic for anyone in a leadership position. I’d say it’s very important but likely not the most important. More important in my view is integrity. 

It’s a lack of integrity that often leads to poor judgement. People try to cheat their way to success and in their panic to avoid being found out they make a host of poor decisions. Those poor decisions frequently come from poor judgement and that poor judgement might never have been there if not for the lack of integrity to begin with. 

Judgement is the first part of Judgecernment. 

Good judgement comes from being able to discern what people mean when their communication is less than transparent. Discernment requires understanding the “laws” of human, physical and economic nature. Those laws never change and they dictate how people will behave in certain situations. 

A person with discernment doesn’t wonder why someone behaves the way they do. They know that the person is following one or more of those laws. They know that anyone with similar life experiences would do exactly what that person did. 

A leader with good judgement and discernment is said the have Judgecernment. 

Many problems go unresolved because the root cause is not determined. Leaders who lack Judgecernment chase symptoms of the problem. The mistakenly attempt to “solve” the consequences of the problem they have yet to truly identify. 

Judgecernment provides the opportunity to uncover and understand the actual problem and it’s root cause. Furthermore, it helps enhance the solution to the problem so that once solved the problem stays solved. 

Often, judgecerning leaders determine multiple solutions to a problem. Their Judgecernment helps them evaluate those multiple options to select the one with maximum impact. 

Leaders with Judgecernment are never left with the choice of two bad options. When faced with a choice of two options with poor outcomes judgecerning leaders find or even “invent” one or more additional options. They keep creating options until they have one with a much more positive outcome. 

Good judgement often comes from making bad decisions. Discernment comes from the patient study of the laws of human nature. The physical laws of nature. The economic laws of nature. Understanding and following those laws will lead to unparalleled success in every area of your life. There’s an old song that says “I fought the law and the law won.” You might want to keep that song in my when it comes to your leadership efforts. It may take a while but the law always wins in the end. 

Becoming a Judgecerning Leader takes effort and time. It’ll likely require sacrifices and dedication. But… the rewards are incredible. As with everything else in life, the choice of whether or not you’ll invest that time and effort is completely up to you. I hope you choose well. 

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3 thoughts on “Judgecerning Leadership

  1. In the arena of lack of integrity, this is what I teach new fire officers in my ethics class: 64% of high school students admit cheating on exams
    95% participated in some form of cheating
    60.8% of college students admitted to some form of cheating.
    NPR: Reports of cheating at colleges soar during the pandemic
    Conclusion: The vast majority of people we hire have a history of cheating

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