In today’s world we are fortunate to be saturated with unlimited information. There is a book you can buy, a podcast to watch, a Google search to assist, a course you can attend on anything you need etc etc... Whether it is personal development and growth or tackling the many complex issues you may face in your life or career.
For me in my work, if I had enough money and time I could go from one conference to another collecting notebooks full of leadership insights. I really think that finding the knowledge and information regarding the challenges of leadership is easy now a days.
So why is it that after spending hours on the internet, reading books and listening to experts so many of us still make mistakes?
As I’m exposed to leadership principles I often find myself thinking, “I know that.” To be honest most leadership is simply common sense, so when we’re exposed to leadership principles it’s easy to think, “I know that.”
BUT “I know that” doesn’t mean a thing unless I apply it. Knowledge has no significant effect unless it impacts my behavior.
So as I am researching, reading or listening to essential leadership principles my focus must change from “I know that” to “I do that”. If I can’t say “I do that” then I should stop, write down the principle and find a way to put it into practice immediately. Then after repeated practice I can begin to say, “I do that”. And that’s when you really begin to grow as a leader.