Many years ago at a management training class the instructor went over the 4 stages of knowledge progression. I found it a reasonable perspective. They are:
I, like everyone, am in all of these states, all the time, on different areas. I wrote a piece in my Adding Simplicity blog to encourage us all to embrace the fact that we are each in Stage 1 much more often than we are in the Holy Grail of Stage 4. Those who can put ego aside and make the journey toward knowledge not only become good leaders and mentors, they build an organization of mentors for others. We all have a lot to learn. Learn more here.