Leadership is like swimming; you can’t learn it by reading about it.
If you want to be great at most things, you need to practice.
If you want to be a great swimmer you need to go to the pool regularly to practice your crawl, your breaststroke, your butterfly, etc.
If you want to be a great guitarist you need to go the studio regularly and practice your scales, your rhythm patterns, and your riffs, etc.
If you want to be a great tennis player you need to go to the court regularly and practice your serve, your smash, your backhand, etc.
If you want to be a great leader, you need to go somewhere to practice inspiring, encouraging, influencing, etc?
Great sportspeople, great musicians, great dancers, etc. do not simply “do” their disciple, they “are” their discipline; Roger Federer doesn’t just play tennis, he is tennis!
Becoming great, or even very good at something takes conscious practice, it doesn’t just happen overnight, the road from “consciously incompetent” to “consciously competent” is long and frustrating and when you get there, the journey hasn’t finished; the ultimate goal is “unconsciously competent” – that’s when you start “being” and stop simply “doing”!
All the greats have regular “workouts” they go to the swimming pool, the gym, the studio, etc. to practice and keep their skills up; I would be very surprised if Federer, Nadal or Djokovic would go into an important and difficult match without having some kind of “warm-up” or work out” before the real thing.
If you want to become great at leadership, you need to practice; you need to work out regularly in some kind of “safe environment”; somewhere, where if your influence fails and people aren’t as inspired and energised as you expected, you can learn and grow your leadership.
Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other
–John F. Kennedy
Where do you go for a leadership workout?