For every great leader, a mentor pushed that person into their current reality. I have recognized that is is vital for growth to have a “go to person”. However, when I asked myself that question I recognized that is has been many people and those experiences that I would define as my “go to people.” So not 1 individual person but rather different people over time from a varied of experiences. When we think of “who is you go to person”, my core beliefs and decision making practices developed from a combination of experiences and individuals. This has been pivotal in my development and from my perspective; here is why a group of mentors is so essential:
- Learning from others increase greater capacity for growth
Leadership is influence upon others. You must find time to consistently learn latest strategies, reflect and challenge the status quo. You can learn in isolation, but you have greater capacity for growth when you have multiple people with different perspectives and experiences to learn.
- It Provide multiple opportunities for reflection
Having an extensive PLN provides a platform where you get feedback from others. They can share different strategies that you can consider for next steps.
- Growth is not automatic but connecting with others becomes intentional practices. Leaders have very busy lives filled with a variety of tasks, but when you have “go to people,” it provides daily practices and time set aside to reflect and challenge your thinking. Growth is what separates those who are successful and those who are not. It takes time to grow and when you have a PLN pushing you, then you will develop over time as a leader.
Having a “go to person or people” is critical in any person’s development as it provides capacity for growth, reflection and intentional part of your work.
I look forward to hearing from you about who is “your go to person”. Comment below or reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org