Achieving a level of mastery over what we do is core to our confidence as leaders.
Josh Kayman says it takes 20hrs of practice to be ‘pretty good’ – Malcolm Gladwell says it takes 10,000hrs of practice to be ‘expert’. They both agree that practice is key to mastering a craft.
And yet….as leaders, we’re not very predisposed to practicing the craft of leadership are we? Have we ‘done our time’ on the road to leadership? Do we think it’s all intuitive anyway? Aren’t we practicing leadership by simply turning up to work every day?
Confucius said “I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand”
Most leaders I know can return pretty inspired by a conference, yet a few days later recall very little of what they heard. Or can return from a training course with some pretty good commitments, yet a few months later haven’t got around to applying them.
That’s why having a coach to push you to practice your craft is so important. Every top sportsperson has one – every top leader should have one too.
>I’ve got my coach pushing me to practice my skills this year – who’s supporting you to practice yours?
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