Experience Isn’t the Best Teacher

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On Monday I discussed how you don’t need to feel lonely in your leadership. By working WITH not ON your team members, you can enjoy assisting them to grow, improve, and move up. Isn’t that what real leaders do? Make it more about them than about you.

I also told you about the guided mastermind groups I’m excited to begin soon. For ten weeks you can collaborate with like-minded leaders. You can gain insights on meeting the challenges of leadership in the workplace and in volunteer organizations.

With us you can participate in a weekly call to discuss a couple of chapters of a bestselling leadership book, and collaborate in how to apply the principles with your team.

We’’ll have some fun and build each other while building our effectiveness and credibility.

As a member of the John Maxwell Team, and with more than four decades of leadership experience, I know I can help you enjoy your leadership more.

I’ve led and participated in nearly a dozen mastermind groups. We’ve built strong friendships, and still help each other.

Now for today’s leadership principle.

Experience Isn’t the Best Teacher
The natural way to grow leadership competency is to endure decades of managing, making mistakes, correcting them, adjusting approaches, and surviving.

Enduring this process makes building credibility so slow and painful. You don’t have to wait for it to happen naturally. You can intentionally grow. You can accelerate the growth.

Here are some ways to make that growth happen more purposefully and rapidly.

  1. Study from the world’s best leaders. If you limit your understanding of leadership to what you see your leaders do, you’re limiting your potential. Learn from the world’s best. Read books, listen to audios, take courses.
  2. Get a coach. Every superstar has a coach. Whether they play a sport professionally, play roles in movies, write books, or lead, the best have coaches. A coach has experience, resources, and can see your challenges from a different vista that you. Do it.
  3. Collaborate with others. Since Napoleon Hill introduced mastermind groups in his blockbuster bestseller, Think and Grow Rich, millions of people have help each other. The collective mind can uncover solutions that one person mired in the problem cannot.
  4. Go to professional conferences. Networking with other leaders in your industry can help you discover “best practice” approaches to your challenges.

Be intentional about your growth.

Questions
How often do you review your experiences and identify alternative responses to challenges? One way is to ponder, “What do I like best about how I handled that? Next time something like that happens, what could I do differently?” Over time you get better.

To whom do you look when you need a new approach to an old issue? You’ll find that those who don’t work in the same environment will help you come up with practical ideas you can’t identify alone or by conferring with others in your organization.

But what about…
But what about listening to some guy talk for an hour?
Actually, in our guided mastermind calls you’ll receive a just few minutes of teaching. Then the group will discuss the principles and identify how to apply them to their specific challenges. It’s a group effort.

What if I don’t like it?
If after two sessions you don’t feel it benefits you or it doesn’t fit your situation, you can receive a refund on the mastermind cost.

Next Friday
On Friday I’ll send you another update. I’ll help you get better buy-in from naysayers and foot-draggers. You’ll find ideas on how to get these tough folks to help you sell your ideas to the rest of the group. You’ll like it.

I hope you enjoy the enclosed quotes. They’re among my favorites.

If you have experience with mastermind groups, please comment.

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