One of my very best friends is Chris Maple, Head of Development at the Western Bulldogs who play in the Australian Football League (AFL). We regularly talk about leadership, learning and development.
During one of our recent chats, Chris shared that he had spent 90 minutes with Ange Potecoglou, Head Coach of the Melbourne Victory who play in the Australian A League (called ‘soccer’ in Australia, but known as ‘football’ everywhere else in the world).
Chris told me that he couldn’t believe how much he learned from Ange in just 90 minutes. While the codes of their sporting professions may differ, it turns out that Ange learned a great deal from that visit too. In fact, in today’s Age newspaper, Ange revealed that he constantly looks to other codes for learning, motivation and inspiration.
Ange and Chris’ story highlights that true leaders never stop learning. They are prepared to look outside the boundaries of their own industries, learn what they can and then mould and adapt what they have learned to match their own circumstances.
How have you looked out of your own industry to continue your learning and development as a leader?
What lessons have you adopted from the ‘outside’ and brought them in to your organisation?
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