Time to get back into the Linked In Question: How do you develop yourself as a leader?
I want to talk about the response from Anand Vidwansa a software engineer from India. What struck me about Anand’s response was the simplicity of it. No simplicity as in simple but rather as in elegant. Anand is a firm believer in the power of experience to learn.
Put yourself in trouble and try to come up with a solution. Experience is the best teacher that can not be earned by reading books.
Personally I don’t go out of my way to find trouble but I definitely do not shy away from it either. I think Anand is on to something very important with this concept… Experience is the best teacher.
I particularly liked the way Anand laid out his learning process.
I step up and take new challenges. I prefer to be more flexible and not bind to a certain set of rules. I have evolved through my experience and not by any mentor/leader. This has taught me so many things that I don’t think I would be able to learn otherwise.
The only addition I would make to his comments is the importance of reflection and adjustment. Remember the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result. Consciousness is a necessary element of experiential learning that most people overlook.
So as much as I loved Anand’s response for the elegant simplicity it represented it was missing some key aspects of development (reflection and adjustment) . I also felt troubled by the lack of new ideas or thoughts being injected into the learning system. Again we must learn to continue to be effective and learning the same things over and over again is not learning it is insanity. Anand did not claim this was the case for him, and I doubt it was. I make the point to say how critical it is to have multiple inputs into your learning process
Lead and learn well