I’m always doing that which I cannot do in order to learn how to do it. - Picasso
In John Maxwells book The 21 Irrifutable Law’s of Leadership, he begins with the law of the lid. Simply put, your people can only go as far as your leadership. This means your leadership lid is the top of your people’s leadership potential. Leaders should always be trying to raise their leadership lid in order to maximize their people. This is done through intentional learning.
3 Simple steps to become a learning leader:
1. Automobile University
Taking full advantage of time you have in the car is an easy way to build in a process of continual learning.
Books are more accessible than ever with services like audible.
If you are looking for a free option, podcasts are a wealth of information for the low cost of FREE!
2. Leaders are Readers
For those that haven't picked up a book since college... it is time. Books are knowledge passed down. They don't fade and they contain a lifetime of information.
My personal regimen is 2 books focused on my development and 1 fun read. This keeps me focused on improvement while still interested in reading.
Pro Tip: Don't try to read more than one book at a time. It is scientifically proven that multitasking is a myth.
3. Stand on the Sholders of Giants
Think about the people in your sphere of influence. Is there someone you look up to? Make a list of the top 3 people you would consider "giants" in your life.
Now sit down and write an email or text to the first person on the list saying you would like to spend some time with them to learn. No strings attached. If you go to a coffee shop, the coffee will be payed for and ready when they arrive.
When you get your first meeting. Listen, ask questions and take notes. Afterwards, do whatever they tell you to do or nugget you glean from your time. Schedule another meeting and tell them what you did/learned, then ask them for more.
Learning leaders have adopted a mindset. They are always learning. If something goes well they reflect on what factors made it successful and filed it away. If something goes terribly wrong, they pause to consider what they would change and how they can make it better next time.
If a leader has stopped learning they are not only stifling their effectiveness, but also the effectiveness of those that follow them.
One of the best ways to jumpstart leadership learning is through impactful leadership coaching. Click the link below to see how leadership coaching can influence your leadership.