Life is full of opportunities to learn new things, expand your horizons, and broaden your global understanding- yet so few take the opportunity to capitalize on the knowledge available to them.
I have clients that have taken six to twelve months to build the perfect team of highly-qualified executives, solicited my help to on-board them in dynamic fashion, and then they have spent the next few months destroying the functionality of the team by failing to trust in the knowledge and competence of those they worked so hard to hire.
I have witnessed military commanders bring together a room full of their highest ranking staff, solicit opinions and advice from everyone present, and then choose the “status quo” way of conducting business because learning to do it differently doesn’t seem worth the effort it would take to change minor processes.
And quite alternatively, I have been exposed to an organization known for it’s “entrepreneurial spirit” where executives at all levels truly believe in and empower those below them to take challenges head-on, think outside the box, and collaborate within the organization to create a process and product that is truly second to none. Best of all, I’ve watched key leaders admit that “they are on new ground”, but unafraid to learn quickly while trusting the knowledge of those on their team.
These three examples are the (reverse) embodiment of the good, the bad, and the ugly. One of the keys to successful leadership is a love of learning- not only for one’s self, but for those around you. By encouraging your team to push the envelope and learn new things, and by doing the same yourself, you will foster a climate where ingenuity and education are seamlessly related to the success of the team.
Monday Morning Perspective:
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” -John F. Kennedy
“Leaders are more powerful role models when they learn than when they teach.”
- Rosabeth Moss Kantor
This week I challenge you to examine yourself and those around you to determine if you’re displaying a love of learning that leads to growth and development. If you find that you and your team are operating on the status quo model, it may be time to bravely lead others into new territory where creativity and new business models are as welcome as proven models and standard procedure.
And this week you won’t be alone in your endeavors! In an effort to expand my ability to think globally and provide value to my clients (and my family) above and beyond my existing skills set and knowledge base, I depart this Thursday for a 5 ½ week trip to Australia that is jam packed with professional and personal learning experiences that I’m certain will permanently impact my way of seeing and doing things.
So until next week from the Land of Oz- G’Day Mates! And have a wonderful week!
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