Leaders are Learners

November 26, 2012 — Leave a comment

Charles “Tremendous” Jones said, “Leaders are readers.”  Another of his famous quotes is, “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”

Leaders are Learners.

I was sitting in the audience 25 years ago listening to Charlie Jones share with tremendous passion and persuasion how his life was marked, and positively changed by the books he read and the people he associated with. It inspired me to buy a few books on his suggested reading list and start a wonderful journey that I am still enjoying today, of learning, growing and changing.
 

Reading books, listening to talks, attending seminars and surrounding myself with people who have the fruit on the tree, has changed my life and allowed me to have a positive influence on those around me. And after 25 years of being a student of leadership, I have come to the same conclusion.

The more we learn, apply and help others do the same, the better our leadership. The end result is more effective people, groups and organizations.
 
Yet most of us stop learning when we leave school. We turn off the learning screw and expect to be paid back for the time that we have already invested. We hang the diploma or degree on the wall and say by our actions, give me, give me, give me… pay me, pay me, pay me…
 

If we are not intentional about our personal growth, we will not scratch the surface of our potential. This is ongoing. Where you are in your growth today, hopefully, is better than you were a day, week, or a month ago, and building on it, allows you to grow and accomplish even more tomorrow.

If you would like to go on this journey here are 4 suggestions:
  1. Decide to grow: Make the decision to be intentional about your growth from this day forward.
  2. Come up with a plan: Decide how you’re going to grow. Your plan should Include things like: Read good books (a great book on this subject is The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth). Listen to or watch live and /or recorded seminars and talks. Join classes, lunch & learns and/or mastermind groups. Focus on your strengths and areas of special interest. Find ways to learn from those who are where you aspire to be. Surround yourself with others who make personal growth a priority. Teach others. Come up with your own plan for growth and write it down.
  3. Grow everyday: Set aside time for personal growth every day. This truly is one of the most productive and effective things you can do as a leader. The more consistently you do this the better results you will have! Turn off the tv. Get creative. You will be amazed at what you can accomplish.
  4. Reflect, review and apply: John Maxwell said, “The biggest gap is the gap between knowing and doing.” The most important part of learning, growing and changing is changing. If we are not changing we are not growing. Take the time daily, weekly, monthly and yearly to reflect on what you have learned and how you’ve done with applying it. Affirm the good and take note of what you didn’t do so well on, and make the necessary changes.
What is your plan for personal growth and how has being intentional affected this area of your life?

Robin Lewis

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I buy into and have been a student of leadership for over 30 years. I am the president and Principal Agent of Robin Lewis Insurance, a full service Independent Insurance Agency. I'm also a member of the John Maxwell Team My passion is for life-long personal growth and to help others to do the same. Your comments are encouraged and welcomed here anytime!

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