One thing about being a leader is there are no breaks. You always need to be doing something. A large part of being a leader is always learning. I’ve always felt that there’s no limit to the amount of information that can be stored in your brain. Your brain doesn’t have a limit on how much you can learn, YOU put a limit on how much you can learn. Having the mind-set of continuous improvement and wanting to learn gives you a tremendous advantage in developing yourself as a person and as a leader. Life-long learning is an essential part of your personal development and growth as a leader.
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You don’t have to be in a classroom or a formal setting to learn. Learning takes place anywhere, everywhere, and at any time. If you make learning one of your goals, you will open your mind to a whole new world. Having an attitude or mind-set of always being open to learning something new will serve you well in the long-run.
The reason I’m writing an article about the subject of learning is because there are people out there who stop learning altogether. They just don’t want to learn or choose not to learn. They settle into a comfortable situation and feel they’ve “made it” or they “know all they need to know.” If you ever get to a point where you think to yourself that you can stop learning, you’re in trouble. You need to always be looking to learn something new, gain a new perspective, expand your experiences, or acquire new skills. It will, without question, improve your leadership ability by giving you a greater knowledge base, which will help build a strong foundation for you to build upon. The best part is, you can always go back and add to this foundation and make it stronger by learning something new.
Learning is a fundamental part of leadership. Leaders want to learn and know how essential it is. It doesn’t hurt to know more. Learning means having more information, which ultimately allows you to do more with that information. You can use the new knowledge, skill, or experience to your advantage. It goes back to being well-rounded. Learning about a diversity of subjects allows you greater flexibility and different perspectives, which can translate into better decision making and better leadership on your part.
I try to make sure I’m learning throughout the day, every day. Whether meeting someone new and learning about them, or getting someone’s opinion on an article I want to write, I make it a point to learn as much as I can. I start off every morning by reading my local newspaper. I like to check out the sports section to see the news on my favorite teams and also the business section. I’ll also take a look at any major headlines. The important thing is I do it consistently; I hardly ever miss a day.
Another way I try to learn is asking questions. I like getting thoughts and opinions from others. It gives me another perspective to see from, and it also shows me where that person is coming from and what they’re all about. It also helps me build a relationship with that person. If you ask anyone that knows me, they’ll tell you I ask a lot of questions, probably too many! But I think its definitely worth the effort because it helps me learn.
You are the only one that can decide to make learning a part of your everyday life. Here are some questions to ask yourself:
Do you think learning is important?
Do you want to learn?
What do you want to learn?
What do you need to learn?
Whats stopping you from learning?
How do you learn?
How can you help others learn?
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