Be Your Own Guru


One of our blog readers once shared that his number one leadership challenge is properly implementing what he learns from leadership “gurus.” 

I think this is an important  issue to discuss.  It is so common for leaders to read a book or attend a seminar on leadership from a team leadership expert, but then be unsure or overwhelmed when they try to implement the concepts in their own organization.

Here are two useful tips on how to implement what you learn about leadership.

Tip #1 - Implement one thing at a time.   Take your time to learn it well.  Implement it slowly.  Be patient with yourself and your team.  It takes time for new concepts to become the “natural” way you do things.   

Tip #2 – Be your own guru.  I have done leadership consulting, management training and strategic planning in hundreds of organizations and this is what I have learned; every one is different.  Everything I know about leadership and management training has to be adapted at least a little bit to fit a given organization’s unique circumstances.

So, be your own guru.  No guru will ever know your situation as well as you do.  Do not be afraid to adapt the expert’s concepts and make it even better for your organization.  If you have a question about how to implement an expert’s concept ask them.  Any leadership consultant worth their salt must be willing to help you implement their advice.

Get as much perspective from the experts as you can.  Read books, attend seminars, take courses.  But always keep in mind the need to implement slowly and the fact that you are the best guru you will ever meet!


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