I recently took advantage of an opportunity to give a workshop in my home state. This workshop focused on something I cared deeply about, and I was able to present this topic to teachers! It had been awhile since I worked with K-8 teachers, so this workshop felt like a stretch. Taking concepts that I normally discuss with one type of group and making it work for another group proved challenging and exhilarating at the same time. That got me thinking.
Often, we take on work and fall into a routine. We get up, go to work, go home, sleep, rinse and repeat. Now there’s nothing wrong with that, except that we often forget to engage with those outside of our fields of work. However, here’s how engaging with others is beneficial:
- It increases our knowledge of different issues.
- It increases our moral and/or spiritual growth by paying attention to the needs of others.
- It allows us to connect with those in different fields.
- It breaks down our stereotypes about others.
- It provides creative ways to solve problems and/or see circumstances.
These are just a few areas where we grow by engaging with professionals in different fields. There’s one more benefit to engaging with others:
We gain greater and broader leadership skills.
Engaging with one another, especially in other professions provides us with a first row seat to learning. Hearing how others solve work conflicts, change work policies, recruit new talent, and navigate the promotion process benefits many of us who have fallen into a knowledge rut. Just like being in a classroom, learning from one another and brainstorming work solutions create better employees for each organization. For me, teaching and learning from K-8 teachers provided me with a new way to approach work and leadership.
Keep leading and stay safe,