Discernment is one of the most important traits a leader can possess, says Crystal Jones, president of Tap Your Genius, Inc., who guided a breakout session titled “Advanced emotional intelligence: What executives need to know about bringing out the best in their people.”
Jones displayed C.H. Spurgeon’s definition of discernment ,which is “not knowing the difference between right and wrong; it is knowing the difference between right and almost right.”
In that vein, leaders must understand the difference between recognition and reward, in the way that Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton only recommended only certain members of his ill-fated Endurance expedition of 1914-16 for honors. He drew the line between survival because of certain crew members and survival in spite of certain crew members.