Leadership Lessons From My Rear View Mirror
I am not sure who coined the phrase “experience is the best teacher” but I certainly do agree. Reflecting back, past experience has been a very effective teacher for me. Some of the most powerful and memorable lessons have been born out of specific situations and personal relationships. Some of those situations and circumstances were characterized by success and celebration while others were delivered through the school of adversity in the university of hard knocks. The personal relationships that have had the greatest impact both personally and professionally are those that taught me to graciously treasure the moment or courageously weather the storm, depending on the circumstances that confronted me in this often unpredictable journey called life. Their influence and example has prompted me to share and hopefully inspire and encourage others on their professional journey as well.
Based on the premise that experience is an extremely valuable and effective teacher, I want to share with you “Leadership Lessons From My Rear View Mirror” and I invite your attention to the graphic illustration above. We are probably all familiar with the well-known proverb that elephants never forget and I have chosen the image of the elephant with specific purpose in mind. Beyond the proverbial context, consider that cognitive scientists tell us that the elephant has excellent long-term memory and is capable of remembering experiences for long periods of time. They also tell us that the elephant is the only animal known to recognize their own reflection in a mirror.
I believe that the elephant in the rear view mirror symbolizes the value of long term memory and the importance of learning from our past experiences. I also contend that the elephant in the rear view mirror symbolizes the critical importance of self reflection and recognition of our own strengths and weaknesses. I encourage each of you to take a look in the rear view mirror of your professional journey and remember that the lessons of past experience hold the potential for future accomplishment and success.