Source | Linkedin.com | By|Steve Wohlenhaus
’ve heard some “management experts” advocate experience is irrelevant when it comes to cultivating great leadership. Their belief, you can train people to become extraordinary leaders.
That may be true. But who makes the “best leaders”?
I would suggest when it comes to defining great leadership, experience is a critical quality.
Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way. — General George Patton
Wisdom. Maturity. Business acumen. Financial literacy. Business success. Entrepreneurial experience. Managing risk. Team building. Navigating market challenges, all require experience for optimum improvement.
When I first started my company at age 21, I was very different than I am today.
I was focused on success and my expectations of people were incredibly high. Providing leadership for people wasn’t my top priority, staying in business was my primary focus.
In the animal kingdom, the best leaders earn respect with age and experience. Lions and elephants are perfect examples.
The animal kingdom is a great place to find examples of highly intelligent leaders that can offer insight into remarkable leadership skills.
A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. —John Maxwell
Bees teach us 8 critical lessons: