Leadership Tip of the Week: Being Open-Minded
The battle was over. It was rough.
It was touch and go for most of it. We were greatly outnumbered and had flirted with disaster on several occasions, but we were successful in the end. Fortunately, it was a simulated battle designed to prepare us for the real thing. The Army uses simulations to help units get ready for combat. They are an effective means of making sure soldiers are ready for the conflicts ahead.
As the simulated battle ended, I couldn’t help but think about how great of a leadership development experience this exercise had been. This prompted me to start thinking about how this could be replicated in the college classroom in order to create a leadership development experience. Fast forward three years, I am now using customized simulations in college classes to help students develop their leadership skills.
Leaders need to be open-minded. They need to break out of their normal thinking patterns to find innovative ideas. A leader does this by being ready for anything and acknowledging that they don’t have all of the answers. Being open-minded allows leaders to see things from a different perspective or how things can be applied in new and novel ways. Leaders can find opportunities or opportunities can find leaders . . . as long as the leader is open to them.
Keep an open mind and be ready; opportunities will find you where you least expect them.
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