As children, we learn that “Practice Makes Perfect.” Learning a skill and then moving on to the next. Often, if we do not regularly use that skill, we shoved it into a closet in our minds, dormant until needed again. Once a skill is mastered as adults, we tend to forget to develop further. Complacency in the role of a leader can cause a team to fail.
In the book Extreme Leadership, Leif Babin spoke of a consulting job where a company board hired him to pinpoint production issues and what could be changed to increase them. Once analyzing the situation at hand, Babin found that the disconnection was in the leadership. Consulting with the CEO, they noticed tendencies of a complacent leader who wasn’t ready for growth and to do what it takes to move the company forward. The most crucial issue was that as the leader, the CEO could not accept responsibilities for his team.
In my eyes, this is where if the CEO remembers Practice Makes Perfect. Reaching perfect is a mind set and not something that can be obtained. Perfect is a constant goal that any leader should shoot to achieve. Leading a team/company to success and fueling what is needed to stay current with the current industry show a leader. When you have a team that had a bad/weak leader, you will often see an unsuccessful outcome. In my experience, a leader should look at their team, then look at themself and then ask what can I do to make this situation better. Growth and self-awareness can allow a leader to pinpoint what skills are needed to change or where new skills need to be added.
Lastly, taking responsibility is another learned skill; this is a skill many leaders cannot obtain. When taking responsibility for someone else’s actions and admitting as a leader, you have failed to lead the whole, and it is a very rare trait. Unfortunately, in life, you see the one forgetting that they are apart of a team. Leading a time is an honor and should never be taken for granted.
In conclusion, as adults, we need to remember that practice does make perfect, and we never need to stop growing and learning. True perfection will never be achieved, and if you think that, you need to take a hard look at yourself. There are many factors in obtaining that level of mastery of “perfect,” and being a leader is no exception to that concept.
Willink, J., & Babin, L. (2017). Extreme ownership: how U.S. Navy SEALs lead and win. Second edition. New York: St. Martin’s Press.