I don’t know about you but most of what I have learned in life has been by “doing”.  We all start out needing some sort of training or instruction but it is only when I use what I have learned that I can actually say I learned something.  How many times have you said, “Oh I know how to do that” only to struggle mightily when you actually tried to do it.

My point is attending a leadership development seminar is very energizing but probably won’t make much difference unless you immediately begin to apply it within your specific environment.

Think of it this way, would you teach someone to drive by having them read the drivers training manual, watch a video and then hand them the keys.  “You’re good to go dude”.

New drivers always have a “driving coach” sitting beside them as they learn how to interpret traffic signals and signs, negotiate turns and lane changes and navigate through traffic to safely reach their destination.  Hmmm, come to think of it leaders need to interpret information about what is going on in the market place as well as inside the organization.  They need to negotiate around barriers, constraints and nimbly adapt to changes.  Leaders navigate by always keeping an eye on the road ahead as well as the destination.

So, which do you think is more challenging, driving a car or leading an organization?

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