Here is Simon Sinek’s answer when they asked him how did he learn so much about leadership and management:
“I live in the world. I’m subject to these things. I want to live in a world in which I get to wake up every single morning inspired to go to work, to feel safe while I’m there and go home fulfilled at the end of the day. I want to live in a world where the vast majority of people feel the same way. It’s not that I have a particular hankering for leadership or management, but I guess my interests wafted in that direction simply because of the vision I’m trying to build.”
I’ve been telling people that where we are headed, what we want to build, is a more valuable “credential” that than what you’ve done in the past. It will make more people want to collaborate with us. Now I wonder if it’s not also the best way to build expertise, creating a self-reinforcing cycle of building and learning in the real world.