My father grew up in one of the poorest parts of one of the poorest states in the US.
He never rode a bicycle until he was 40 years old because they couldn’t afford one when he was a child. After he became an adult, he just never rode one.
There is no doubt that if you had been able to interview my father at 35 years of age and ask him, “how do you ride a bicycle?” he could have explained that to you.
He had seen it done. He had probably observed many people effortlessly pedal down the road throughout his life.
But, there is a big difference between knowing something theoretically and knowing something experientially.
I think sometimes we console ourselves as leaders because we “know” what we need to do as leaders. We can articulate it very well. We can even teach others how to lead.
But are you actually leading?
Are you listening, providing vision, serving your team members, or proactively communicating?
Knowing how to lead and actually leading are two very different things.
Make sure that your knowledge is experiential.