Top dogs in any organization got on top by being smarter, faster, more agile than anyone else. But even if you’re the smartest person in the room, you don’t know more than everyone else in the room, combined. (Yes, it can sometimes be hard to hear that.)
But the truth is, the companies that lead their industries have learned how to capitalize on the experience, knowledge, and ideas of everyone in the organization, not just the top dogs.
How? By capturing group knowledge, by valuing every rung on the corporate ladder, by asking as much as telling. Today’s industry leaders are spending as much energy learning from their teams as training and leading those teams.
There are lots of ways to do that—mentoring programs, surveys, and training for starters. The best strategies solicit as many best practices as they promote and ask as many questions as they answer.
No matter how you do it, provide an opportunity for everyone on the team to share ideas, successes, failures, and war stories. The result is peer-to-peer mentoring, better practices, enhanced techniques… and improvement in just about any metric you care to measure.
I’d love to hear how you learn while leading? Drop me a message, or share it with everyone in a comment.