A few years ago, I started learning. I mean really learning. Not rote learning from textbooks or lectures, but lessons from the everyday. I’ve read more books in the last 2 years than the previous 15 combined. I’ve thought about, reflected upon, considered and deliberated more about my own leadership style, quality and failures, and the styles, qualities and failures of others in the last year than the previous 20 combined.
It’s a fair question.
Around 2 years ago I was introduced to a fellow who opened my eyes to the infinite ways to deal with people, to approach problems, and ultimately, leadership.
Being mentored by this fellow has shattered the self-imposed limits of my awareness horizon, and in turn I believe, made me a better leader. We’ve talked about how the choice of different type of radios in WWII German and Allied tanks speaks volumes of the leadership models in place at the time. We’ve talked about how Napoleon’s strategic approach to defensive tactics can still be used today. I picked up a book called The First Pathfinders: The Operational History of the Kampfgruppe 100, 1939 – 1941, about a ground-breaking German bomber command, and in an event that surprised even me, picked up another lesson about … Continue reading What’s it all about?