You’ve probably heard it said that leaders are learners. Our world is changing at light speed, so in order to lead effectively, we’ve got to keep growing and learning. But getting better as leaders (or in any area of life) requires more than gathering and understanding information.
In practice, Penn State coach Coquese Washington often asks the Lady Lions “Do you understand this?” In other words, have you learned this concept we’re teaching you? She goes on to say that if they don’t understand it, she will explain it to them.
But the next part is the key. “If you understand it, then do it,” she says. “Do what you understand. If you understand something, then it’s your responsibility to do it.”
Learning information without acting upon it is like a sponge that soaks up water but never gets squeezed out. It never makes a difference or affects change.
Most coaches are obsessed with getting better. You read books and you attend clinics, but unless you take action on what you’ve learned you’re just collecting information. Do something!
As Will Rogers once said, “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” Learning new concepts is great, but you’ll never get better without taking action on them.
What action do you plan to take today?