There is a lot of talk about hands on learning. You’re reflective and learning something. Is there such a thing as, experiential leading?
Twenty years ago, when technology started to accelerate for on-line learning many thought it was the beginning of the end for traditional classrooms.
Sure, somethings changed, and perhaps more people are being reached with educational opportunities than ever before.
Enter the year 2020. A nasty virus spreads and the threat (or hype) create a run on supplies. Countries close borders, flights are cancelled, and ships are harbored. The fear is abundant.
Some K-12 schools close doors, some colleges and universities follow.
On-line classes they propose. Yet, will the students get the same level of education? It has been a question for twenty years.
I think the answer is both yes and no.
Some students, those who are really motivated, will learn. They’ll push the envelope cramming information and studying at a similar pace as always. Others will probably take advantage. Do little, make an appearance on-line, and get by.
The same is really true for practicing leaders.
Every day, virus or no virus, people in leadership roles have a chance to engage or just get by.
Some workplaces have closed. “Work from home,” they say. Yet, what are the metrics? Are accomplishments measured by timelines and milestones? Are they evaluated by past performance, benchmark data, or simply by subjective management oversight?
Experiential takes on many forms. Hands on is just one example. The key for experiential is that the involved person is reflective on the work they are doing. They are seeking more knowledge, more information, they’re learning.
Today is a great day for experiential leadership. Tomorrow will be as well.
In some cases, where you work is not as important as how you work.
Great leaders’ practice, reflect, and learn. Even when no one is watching.
Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.