Be a better leader: Commit to continuous learning
Learning is life. In addition to learning for all of the practical and rational reasons that contribute to your effectiveness as a leader, there’s one more: learning is part of the fun of life. When was the last time you picked up a new sport, game or hobby? We learn these things not because we have to, but because we want to. Your vision and goals will be infused with a new sense of exuberance when you commit to learning what you need to learn in order to achieve them. You will know that you can do anything you want to as long as you know how to learn.
Learning is an essential component of leadership, but not all learning experiences are equally powerful. Learning by choice means understanding exactly what you need to learn in order to achieve your vision.
Try this simple exercise to sharpen your approach to learning.
Think about your vision or an important goal.
- Brainstorm. What do you need to learn in order to achieve this vision or goal?
- Choose one area in which to focus your learning, and choose the one that is likely to have the biggest impact.
- Ask yourself, “What’s the most powerful way I can learn in this area to get the best and fastest results?”
This approach will steer you away from learning by chance and help you choose your learning, so it’s more strategic and leads directly to your vision.
If you really want to lead well and live well, you must learn to learn well, too.
Joelle K. Jay, Ph.D. (http://joellekjay.com/) is an executive coach specializing in leadership development and the author of "The Inner Edge: The 10 Practices of Personal Leadership," which shows leaders how to improve their effectiveness by learning to lead themselves. Her newsletter, "Inner Edge Insights," offers articles, exercises, tips, quotes, and success stories from real leaders to help you excel. To register, please visit http://www.TheInnerEdge.com and click on Newsletter, or email Info@TheInnerEdge.com.