We are diving into another mini-series. Call me crazy but I just enjoy being able to connect with you on a common topic for a few days, not just a few minutes. 😁 So we are going to kick off another mini-series focused on the top 11 traits of amazing leaders. And today, we are going to talk about the first trait, being a lifelong learner.
You see, I get emails from tons of places. I subscribe to email lists so I can read, learn and engage. I got an email a few weeks ago from someone who shared their list of top 11 leadership traits and I had to think through that one for a while. I mean, I really wanted to ensure I agreed with all eleven. So through these next 11 days, I’m going to share with you what I think are the top 11 traits of the amazing leaders I have worked with, been exposed to, or followed, and I want you to do the same thing. Do you agree it’s an important trait? You have to decide that. Then, if you agree that it is, you have to look in the mirror and ask yourself if it is something you embody. If it is, awesome. If it’s not, how do you get on track?
With that said, let’s jump into the trait of being a lifelong learner. You know, we talked about this in the mini-series addressing the top 10 mistakes, where we said that we have to become the leader who leads a million dollar plus business, right? The only way we can do that is by learning and expanding our knowledge.
Inherently, if we want to be an amazing business leader, we have to be a lifelong learner to grow, develop, and change into that leader. Whether that learning is reading, listening, watching, or conversing, or be it simply engaging with new individuals and asking questions (being inquisitive). Both of those attributes lend themselves to being a lifelong learner.
Ultimately, you have to care about what you are learning or why you are learning it. You are because you are learning to better serve your customer, your team, your stakeholders, and your family. You are asking questions to your customer because you care about them and want them to be successful. You ask questions and seek input from your team because you care about them. You listen to your kids, you ask what they care about, what they have learned, what matters to them, because you care about them. What matters to all of those people, matters to you.
Do you agree that being a lifelong learner is a trait of an amazing leader? If yes, do you consider yourself a lifelong learner? If no, what can you do to make that change?