As a leader, are you tending to stay in your comfort zone?
In our roles as leaders, there is a certain comfort to be taken from staying in our comfort zones - that is, doing the things that are familiar, routine, manageable, and readily within our range of skills. However, there is a significant downside to this comfortable territory. How do you learn? Michael Fullan (2008) tells us that 'Learning is the Work'. If we wish to learn, we need to tread into leadership territory that is unfamiliar. When we find ourselves in unfamiliar territory that demands skills that we have not yet mastered, we put ourselves in a position to learn. If we always stay with the familiar, we don't need to learn. For you, what might be new or unfamiliar leadership territory? What might you try when you are there? How might you learn when you're there?
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