HOW YOU LEARN IS HOW YOU LEAD: 9 QUESTIONS THAT EXPAND LEADERSHIP

Guest Post by Kay Peterson

Leaders unconsciously follow learning habits that limit their potential.

Your preference for one learning style enables you to become an individual contributor – a specialist. But leadership demands broader scope, deeper capacity, and profound confidence.

Leaders unconsciously follow learning habits that limit their potential.

Your preference for one learning style enables you to become an individual contributor – a specialist. But leadership demands broader scope, deeper capacity, and profound confidence.

Expand your leadership by learning how to learn.

Your learning style consists of habits that have made you successful in limited situations. But learning styles are not fixed traits.

Extend your learning styles – expand your leadership capacity.

The way you learn is the way you lead.

9 Styles – 9 Questions – 9 Daily Practices:

Learning flexibility – the ability to use 9 learning styles – enables confidence and freedom to expand your scope, extend your influence, and increase your effectiveness.

The nine learning styles incorporate the whole person in learning. They also provide sequence to any learning situation.

Improve your learning. Improve your leading.

#1. Be mindful.

Ask, “How am I engaged in the present moment?”

#2. Be open to novelty.

Ask, “What are the possibilities?”

#3. Pause to reflect.

Ask, “How am I seeing the whole picture?”

#4. Organize your thoughts and environment.

Ask, “What structures support me?”

#5. Use facts to make independent judgments.

Ask, “What evidence will guide me?”

#6. Commit to achieving practical results.

Ask, “How might I commit to an outcome?”

#7. Take a small step now.

Ask, “How do I make things happen?”

#8. Take some risks.

Ask, “How might I seize new opportunities?”

#9. Be adaptable enough to pivot.

Ask, “How can I adapt when priorities shift?”

Each learning practice enhances another. Each question accelerates your effectiveness and expands your comfort zone.

Flexible learners reach their full potential.

How might leaders become better learners?

Kay Peterson

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kay Peterson is managing director of the Institute for Experiential Learning and a founding partner of Harlan Peterson Partners, where she uses Experiential Learning to help professionals become exceptional owners, leaders, and entrepreneurs.

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