The purpose of this research has been to taken an introductory investigation into the
concept of leadership wisdom. This has been done by interviewing ten members from
diverse departments in a large organisation and asking each one to discuss their
experiences working with wise leaders. The analysis of the resulting interviews has
provided a picture of how leadership wisdom is realised in the leader-follower relationship.
It also implies that leadership wisdom can be found in the relationship between a leader
who is both capable and willing, the level of openness of the participant to engage, and an
environment conducive to encouraging such relationship. Given these three factors, the
wise-leader follower relationship is one characterised by trust, emotional intelligence,
effective communication and personal development.