PMP016: Learning from the Expertise of Others

Do you ever think about areas in work or life where you wish you had more insight?
In episode 16, we talk about learning to lean on the expertise of others. Here are four quick tips on easily connecting and growing to improve your school leadership. For my original companion post to this audio version, go here.
Here are the show-notes for Episode 16:

4 Ways to Grow by Reaching Out

1. Connect with other people on your team or in your field.
Individuals in the field of education who love learning and love teaching surround you. Ask them for feedback on what’s working, and share with one another on the challenges and successes. Growing with others is much more productive than going alone.
See Will’s interviews for conversation posts with over a dozen leaders who’ve answered questions about their leadership and organizations.
2. Visit successful schools or organizations.
Traveling with a team to another school will open your eyes to the strengths you can adopt at your own. It may also confirm what’s working at your school that you can share with others. Also, picking the brains of business professionals is a great way to understand ways to better manage your school.
3. Talk to outside experts
Whether it involves safety experts, local fire marshals, a career tech center, area colleges or businesses, people are willing to share their expertise so you can improve your understanding of issues outside your own expertise.
4. Learn from books, conferences, and podcasts
Sometimes our most obvious resources are right at your finger-tips. If you want to see more than 50 books recommended from other leaders I’ve interviewed, check out Will’s Recs. For one of my favorite leadership podcasts, see Michael Hyatt’s This Is Your Life Podcast.


Connecting with others means you don’t lead alone. Look around, reach out, connect with others and you’ll keep growing in how you lead and serve.

Now It’s Your Turn

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