People often claim expertise in a subject matter simply because they’ve been doing it for many years.
They claim authority because of tenure.
But tenure never leads to authority or qualification.
This can be particularly dangerous for leaders.
Take the following line which, in some form, has been proclaimed by countless leaders:
I’ve been managing people for 20 years, so I know best.
Not if you learned from sub-par examples
Not if you haven’t dedicated hours each week to continuous improvement and learning
Not if you dismiss new ideas
Not if you’re not self-aware enough to realize you don’t know it all
Not if you haven’t humbled yourself enough to see your mistakes
Not if you can’t admit to others when you’re wrong
Not if you refuse to listen to others when you’ve gone off track
Not if you won’t invest
Not if you haven’t created more leaders
Not if you avoid the second conversation
Not if you value the number of years more than what you did with them
Not if you think you can lead on autopilot because of tenure