Leaders Never Stop Learning
This morning I posted my diploma on the wall of my office. The credential only confirms that I put in some hard work, fulfilled my obligation to Concordia University, and learned new skills and information.
But I’m not done.
I keep on learning, reading, and practicing my coaching & consulting.
Leaders never stop learning.
In 2022, I will read a minimum of 12 books in three different categories.
- Spiritual life
- Coaching and Consulting
I spend about an hour each day in some learning activity (reading, honing a new skill, meeting with other coaches or professionals, or asking for feedback on my life).
Why Continue Leaning
I believe that no one ever “arrives” but should always have a stance of “what can I learn today?”
Having a learning approach to life keeps us in a humble stance.
James 4:6 (NLT) “And he gives grace generously. As the Scriptures say,
“God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
3 Habits to Help You Keep Learning
Read – Get in the habit of reading (lots of types of books). If reading books is a struggle for you (I have several clients who struggle with reading), then consider listening to books.
Listen – Subscribe to some podcast. There are hundreds of podcasts or download sermons from national pastors. For one season of my life (About eight years), I purchased every message from Saddleback Church. I have done this through the years with other churches or pastors.
Retain – Hire a life coach for a specific growth area for your life. Yes, I am a life coach, and I have a life coach. We just met last week, and he helped me work through an aspect of my practice (I had a blind spot, and he helped work through it).
Never Stop Learning
Never Stop Growing
Healthy Things Grow
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Cloud, Dr. Henry (2009). Changes That Heal: Four Practical Steps To A Happier, Healthier You. Zondervan Publishing.
Cloud, Dr. Henry (2006, January). Integrity, The Courage To Face The Demands Of Reality. Harper-Collins Publishing.
Eckstrom, Bill and Wirth, Sarah (2019). The coaching effect: What great leaders do to increase sales, enhance performance, and sustain growth. Greenleaf Book Group.
James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner (2006). A Leader’s Legacy. Jossey-Bass Publishing.