Leadership Lesson: Continual Learning
In order to be a more effective leader, you must think, inspire, energize, connect and act like a leader. Here is a quick tip to help escalate your success as a leader through continual learning:
Many of us can think about how much we have seen technology evolve, develop and change over the years. With the fast-pace of technology today, you may have learned something, but it may be outdated tomorrow or in a few months because of a better or more effective process or way to do it. To maintain success in today’s fast-paced world, you must be continually learning, growing, studying and experimenting. With the right mindset, it is possible, even after years of experience, to evoke the passion, curiosity and boldness of youth by taking on new challenges and continually learning. Successful people and leaders have a craving and appetite for learning and obtaining knowledge.
Some people relate to learning as formalized education and going to school. However, learning also occurs through life experiences, research, mentors, on-the-job training, experimenting, reading, etc. Never stop learning and be open to new opportunities, constant learning is more valuable than mastery.
Track your learning progress. Keep a journal, in which every day you write down something you have learned. It may be a new process, procedure, statistic, or life experience; but jot it down so you can see how much learning is occurring on a daily basis. By keeping a journal, it documents new knowledge and is a reminder to be aware of your learning. Remember, no one can ever take your learning and knowledge away from you – it is yours forever!
“You learn something every day if you pay attention.” – Ray LeBlond