Dan Reiland is the best student, practitioner, and teacher of leadership that I have ever met (and the order of those is important). If you didn’t know me, you might think I said that because he is my boss and the guy that signs my paychecks…but nothing could be further from the truth. Dan is a personal hero – he gives his life to serving and helping others and I aspire to follow his example!
In one of his leadership lessons, he gave a practical example of what it means to “practice leadership.” As a collector of Taylor Guitars and an amateur musician, Dan describes the difference between these two types of private “jam sessions”:
- Playing whatever style he feels like…jumping between songs when he gets stuck. Having fun with music that he enjoys and ignoring those random mistakes. Basically, playing music for the shear pleasure of it. OR
- Practicing a specific style and song…focusing on the sections that are difficult until they are mastered. Giving full attention to the acquisition of new skills and abilities
When I heard that illustration, I had a personal “aha” moment. I immediately knew the difference between “playing leadership” and “practicing leadership.”
Can you see it too? Let’s practice!
Thanks for listening.