How we really learn to lead

Although some may believe that leadership only sprouts from long-term experience in an industry, true leadership can be like riding a bike – through observation, training, and experimentation.

In a recent post on Dan Rockwell’s Leadership Freak blog, he recognizes three models that leaders can use to truly learn how to lead others: the imitation, admiration, and negative models.


In Rockwell’s words, “Imitation makes growth easy.” By using others as models for your own leadership growth, you will be able to utilize previous trials and errors to quickly make changes and lead successfully. By analyzing others and learning through imitation, you may recognize that individuals may model qualities that you will want to utilize when leading a team – which leads to Rockwell’s next point, admiration.


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