The Blindfolding of Experience in Leadership


Many times, as leaders, we are blindfolded by the experience we have gained over the years.

We assume everyone knows what we know, but we forget what we once didn’t know.

This realization is one of the major fuels of this blog. I feel what I’m writing is elementary in the field of leadership.

But what is elementary to one is high school or even college to others.

I’m not at all saying you can stop learning. That’s a dangerous thing for a leader to ever do. I’m saying to be conscious of the fact that if you are a leader, chances are you’ve learned a few things along the way to getting where you are today.

Remember leader:

You have experiences they don’t have.

You have knowledge they don’t have.

You have information they don’t have.

It may come from experience, training or simply by position.

The key to growing leaders around you is to share what you know. Generously invest in those hungry to learn. Mentor those who are trying to follow you. Be honored they want to know something you know.

Be a people builder.

The more you invest, the more it expands your ability to lead, the more it develops others, and the greater your legacy as a leader will be.

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  • Ferrell says:

    This post is SO TRUE. I have often gotten frustrated with staff and volunteers because what was so obvious to me, they totally missed. Then I would realize that "missit it" was not because of poor leadership, but inexperience. "Been-there-done-that" is a wonderful teacher! That's why I love your blog, it holds me accountable and helps me to more thoroughly and honestly evaluate myself as a senior pastor.

    As it relates to working with very talented, yet very inexperienced leaders I have also found the opposite to be true. Younger leaders often think they know it all (as did I from age 18-30), and that old guys like me (56) are a bit out of touch. I have sometimes felt younger leaders roll their eyes when I warned them of the possible consequences of a decision they are about to make. Most of the time I will allow a staff member to go ahead and move forward with a decision that I do not fully agree with because this is how they gain experience. Sometimes they were right and I was wrong. Sometimes my expectation of poor results was fulfilled.

    I have signed up for MANY leadership blogs and yours in in the top 5 … always insightful and practical! This one was a bull's eye – as usual!

  • Thanks for the encouraging post Pastor Ron! Thanks for the motivation tonic you provide every morning through this blog. As I read this post, I am reminded of the episode from the New Testament where Paul encourages and builds Timothy. What a blessing for young Timothy to get mentored under Paul!!!

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