When we’re open to learning from others, we benefit from their experience as well as our own and we can inherit their wisdom and knowledge.
Learning from others is not a passive process, but one that requires work and commitment on our part.
Research shows that we learn best from others when do certain things:
Exchange roles: Learning is a two-way street. Connecting and exchanging with key stakeholders around shared development challenges catalyzes considerable results.
Collaborate: When we realize we don’t have to acquire knowledge on our own. Collaboration and sharing make it twice as rich.
Find the smartest person in the room: Who’s the local expert on what we need to know? Who’s been in the department or organization the longest and has a long-term perspective? Who has the deepest well of experience for us to draw from?
Mix it up: Engage in multiple levels of learning. Hone your expertise in one area while you’re taking your first steps in another.
Build a support team: It can be hard to see for yourself how your work is paying off and where it might be falling short. Having a support team of trusted people allows you to get feedback and direction.
Read the past: Read and experience as much history, biography, and autobiography as you can. Learning the past leads us toward the future.
Invest in yourself: Take a risk and do something out of your comfort zone. It’s okay to fail. Its okay to take a chance. Start with small steps and build from there.
We learn when we read, what we hear, how we see, the way we discuss, and where we experience our lives.
Most of all we can learn from what we teach others. The purpose of learning is growth, and our hearts are eager for actualization.
Learning is a practice, not an event. Leadership and learning are invaluable to each other.
Make learning inspirational enough for us to dream more, learn more, do more and be more.
Lead From Within: There is a magnet in our heart that attracts growth. Allow the magnet to focus you— to learn from others and lead you deeper into inner growth.
Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness is being released by Portfolio May 2017.