In childhood, exploration is encouraged and is exciting. Other children of the 90s will remember, “Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?” or “Legends of the Hidden Temple” and other adventures. Today’s young blood are inspired by Dora the Explorer, Legos, weird ipad games, etc. etc. But in terms of adulthood, it’s pretty easy to trade in that ravenous curiosity for a staid interest in what you know well with maybe a few exceptions inspired by a good read, TED talk or friend’s forwarded article.
An exploratory nature is crucial to the Fierce Leader. Insatiable curiosity encourages you to ask one question and then another and keep trying to better understand and unpack whatever is in front of you. You may think you’ve stopped formally learning anything once you’ve put away those oh-so-expensive and absolutely riveting school text books, but keeping an exploratory energy allows you to reframe, discover insights, provoke conversation, and poke the metaphorical bear.
Exploration also drives growth. Think about exploring internally… It can lead to personal growth, clarity, inspiration, and confidence that will add power and depth to your path. Or, in the case of your work or relationships with others, exploration is what helps you grow at your job, or is what builds connection with the people around you.
The status quo is comfortable… even if you wish it wasn’t the way it is, the status quo is still a known entity, vs exploring beyond it. But nothing exceptionally creative or innovative came from comfort zones. Fierce Leaders use exploration to push boundaries in all aspects of their lives - with their teams, and with themselves. They expand the universe of possibility and use that possibility to create.
Donning that invisible safari cap or magnifying glass will also ensure that you have an explorer’s mindset. Explorers don’t stay they same. Change equals growth and growth leads to opportunity and adventure.
So, how can you practice that explorer’s mindset?
- Ask a lot of questions and then ask more (Double click)
- Respect truth, but stay skeptical
- Try to find a better way
- Don’t assume you have the answer and seek expertise, insight from outside (diversity of thought is part of the recipe for awesome sauce)
When approaching a new setting, person, problem or opportunity, pretend you’re reaching into your explorer’s briefcase and attack that situation with gusto.
Where will your explorations take you as a leader?
Related blog posts:
- Click here to read our note on the definition of Fierce Leaders.
- And here for the first element - leaders who bring the fun are fierce.
- And the second - people who have intention are fierce.
- Kara Davidson, Co-Founder, wolf & heron