Just got this from Peter Koestenbaum’s weekly leadership thought:
Experience can be developed only through more experience. The authentic leader always looks out for new experiences. You cannot anticipate exactly what a new experience will teach you (that is precisely why it is new), what your feelings will be, or where the newness will take you. … Leaders grow by accelerating experience.
I would also add that leaders grow through the experiences that they don’t look for, but which arrive anyway. Especially when those experiences are not of the pleasant variety. How we react, adjust and continue will reveal a great deal about our character and it touches on the four points of the leadership diamond.