Leadership Lesson #8: Chartering New Territory

The simplest definition of leadership is influencing others to do something while working towards a common goal or agenda. In 2022, I’m focusing on becoming a better leader in all areas of my life. As I grow, I’m sharing lessons and stories along the way. Thanks for tuning in and I hope something I share resonates with you in your leadership (influence) journey. 

Recently, my husband has learned how to crochet. If you’ve never watched someone crochet, it’s quite interesting. It looks so easy but he’s been sharing with me the technique and level of skill it requires. There are many different stitches you can learn that all have a different look or result. You can make a variety of things like scarves, hats, potholders or anything you can imagine. But it takes a lot of time (especially for beginners) to get it down. Once he mastered one stitch, he tried a different stitch and has made several different things. And he learned everything from YouTube videos. 

I admire his desire to learn and persevere when he wanted to give up. It took him four days to master the most basic first step. It reminds me that as leaders, it takes a desire to continue learning and perfecting your craft. If you want to get better or learn something new, you can’t be afraid to try it. Secondly, there is a wealth of resources available to help you. Look around and take advantage of what’s available. Thirdly, keep going. It’s difficult getting out of your comfort zone and learning something new but leaders aren’t afraid to test the waters and leave the familiar. They charter new territories and convince others to follow. 

What new territory awaits you? What new skill can you add to your toolkit? What is stopping you from trying? 

 ~Coletta Jones Patterson

Coletta is an author, speaker, life coach and business executive who is passionate about helping others get unstuck. She hosts a beyond stuck podcast and has written seven inspirational books. Connect with Coletta at info@moveu4ward.com. 

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