A friend of mine once shared a thought-provoking comment with me that has a profound effect on my leadership journey.Â She mentioned it so casually that if I wasnâ€™t really listening I could have totally missed it.
â€śThere is no professional development like working for a great organization.â€ť
Think about that for a second and you canâ€™t help but admit it is totally true!Â Donâ€™t get me wrong, I learned a lot as an undergrad and as a masters studentâ€¦and of course I would be remiss if I didnâ€™t mention how outstanding my experience was at REEP.Â However, your professors donâ€™t give you frequent feedback, constant coaching or high levels of support to actually implement what you learnâ€¦and thatâ€™s what great organizations do for their people.
Because of that reality, great organizations are learning organizations.Â Â Everyone is constantly learning and growing from one another.Â Every day in our school, the students are receiving instruction from their teachers, teachers are supporting one another and receiving coaching from the admin team, I am working to provide feedback and growth opportunites to the admin team members and of course we encourage everyone to look outside of the building for growth opportunities as well.
And as the leader of the school, I have to model this learning and growth as wellâ€¦because that is what great organizations do.Â Two weeks ago, I took the admin team to New York City to visit some high performing schools there in the hopes of learning from them and bringing it back to Milwaukee.Â Last week, we took our entire team to a high performing local school.Â Last fall I brought our team to observe at some great schools in Chicago and before that I had our admin team down to Houston.
As a serving leader in your organization you have a huge responsibility to develop and support every person in the buildingâ€¦and that includes yourself.Â There is no professional development like working for a great organization.Â If you hope to lead a great organization, you need to commit to modeling and leading a learning organization.