8 Experiences Every CEO Needs Part 2

Bold experiences lead to better leadership. In fact, Albert Einstein once stated, “The only source of knowledge is experience.” Albert Einstein understood the fundamental fact that it is only by experiences that a person grows and develops. Leaders must expand, and they only expand when their experiences change. To reach their full potential leaders must continually develop the habit of growing in 8 “Great” Experiences. In my past article, I reviewed the first four experiences. You can read the entire article here.

5. A PEER Experience: Proverbs 15:22 states that “Where there are many advisors there is much success.” A wise leader will gather with other leaders and business owners to ask questions, gain insights on upcoming trends, and share success stories about how to move into the future. Mastermind or peer groups have been around for hundreds of years, and wise leaders have always utilized these experiences as a key to growing themselves and their organizations. There is no wiser move than to sit with your peers in a monthly roundtable experience. To gather with other CEO’s and business owners to ask questions, gain insights on upcoming trends, and share success stories about how to move into the future.

6. A TEAM Experience: John Maxwell states that “A leader who is walking where no one is following, is not leading, but rather is just taking a walk.” Leaders need a team to lead. Therefore, leaders must learn the secret of working well in and as a part of a team. Leaders must immerse themselves in team experiences as they become better team leaders.

7. An EXPEDITION Experience: Great leaders lead from the floor, not from their corner office. Leaders who make a difference know the importance of getting out and exploring. Leaders can be inspired by traveling to places where great leadership has been enacted. Leaders should schedule for themselves time to go and explore where other great leaders have walked before them.

8. A LIFE-MAP Experience: Leaders must know who they are in order to lead others effectively. Great leaders spend time discovering where they have come from and discern where they would like to move forward into the future.  They uncover truths about themselves in order to understand how they make decisions. When a leader knows themself, it becomes easier for others to be attracted to them and follow them with confidence.


Ken Gosnell serves leader by helping them to have great experiences that both transform them and their organizations. He has worked with hundreds of CEOS and their leadership teams to enhance their strategic, operational and people accomplishments. He is an experileader, author, coach, and strategic partner with CEOs. He is married to Shonda, and they have four children. You can connect with him at: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kengosnell/.

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