The phrase is not new with me but it is a great and true principle for anyone in leadership: leaders are learners. Leaders understand that they don’t know it all and put themselves in a position to learn from anyone at anytime. Being humble enough to seek wisdom, counsel and knowledge from others is in itself a smart thing to do. Here are a few ways I would suggest to increase your learning ability.
9 For this reason also, since the day we heard this, we haven’t stopped praying for you. We are asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding, 10 so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God. Colossians 1:9-10
In the book of James chapter 1 verse 5, the author makes it clear that we can ask for wisdom if we are lacking.The passage above indicates that praying for others spiritual enlightenment along with our own is an important thing. Paul communicates to the people at Colosse that it is God’s will for them to know God’s will and have knowledge and understanding of God’s movement around them. Leaders take time to pray for wisdom, knowledge, understanding and the mind to process information so as to lead according to God’s will.
As I’ve heard leaders are learners I have also heard leaders are readers. In a video age where reading is becoming less and less emphasized, I have to encourage would-be leaders to be people who still read. The array of information accessible to us is untold! At our fingertips via the internet alone is literally a wealth of information, knowledge, understanding unlike any other period in history. Leaders take advantage of this information, reading through local, statewide, national and international news and events. This is something I have to work on more and more as I am personally not a fast or avid reader. But as I am getting older, I realize the importance of being keenly aware of wider variety of information. Reading is a discipline any leader must adopt.
As a leader look at yourself as a teacher. When we have to teach someone a task or subject it requires us to have done our own homework. Putting ourselves in positions to teach, mentor, tutor or coach is a great way to increase our own learning and knowledge.When teaching we are able to practice new study habits, develop our skills in communicating and extend our influence. Taking on the position of a teacher will most certainly remind you of how to be a good student!