Learning is one of the key tenets of leadership. Great leaders are learners. They read voraciously. They write and teach what they learn. Learning is as much a part of their life as eating.
Learning is key to coming up with new ideas that will improve your business and ensure success. Learning is the key to growth. Leaders who are learners ‘raise the tide’ for everyone around them. Learning is key to progress.
Cultivating the desire to learn is vital to your success as a leader. One of the tips in Management Tips: Harvard Business Review states the following:
Successful leaders keep their minds open to new things because they know that no matter how high their level of mastery, there is always more to discover…. When facing challenges, even ones you’ve faced many times before, adopt a learner’s approach—ask questions or find new ways to solve problems.
Leaders need to provide their teams with opportunities to learn. Send them to conferences about your business. Encourage them to tune in to webinars and other resources that will keep them engaged. Provide incentives for those who take learning seriously.
Great leaders know that to continue their own growth, they must teach to learn. They become mentors. They realize that as they teach and interact with others, their knowledge increases. Teaching is one of the best ways to become a learner.
If you’re a long-time reader you’ve seen this quote by Eric Hoffer: “In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.”
The world is changing rapidly; learners grow, progress and benefit from the changes happening around them. More importantly, learners shape the world.
Questions: Why is learning important to you? How has being a learner changed your career? Please leave a comment in the space below.
The Product Management Perspective: The subject of learning should course through product managers’ veins. About the time you think you understand a market or a product or a buyer persona, it changes. To keep up with the evolution of product management, you need to understand where it’s at and where it’s headed. Read blogs, books and magazines. Make it a point to be a learner. Talk to your teams about what you are learning; you will gain their respect and be seen as their leader.