Leading by learning

  • Posted on: 7 September 2015
  • By: RootZ

The economic and financial framework, in which organizations operate these days, is quite dynamic and volatile. Information and technology are paramount pre-requisites of functioning and change is very rapid. Therefore leaders at any level in an organization cannot rely solely upon their existing knowledge. Learning is part and parcel of every role irrespective of position or level of an individual. Leaders need to challenge themselves by imbibing the art of learning into their routine. Learning; not only helps them constantly question their assumptions & improve their judgment but also brings in new thoughts and ideas.

Stalemate at work

Have we ever wondered why despite working so hard, most people appear stuck at their levels? This is essentially because more often people are trapped in their cocoons not wanting to explore and learn new things. Being open to learning newer things and getting out of the “I know it all” mould is the only way to ensure growth at work. If one is not open to seeking knowledge in life then redundancy is very likely to set in.

Successful Leaders are learners

A successful leader needs to have that unique ability to foresee what future holds and thereby devises ways to get there with a teamed effort. Such individuals need to be not just good planners and taskmasters but also need to have a thirst for constant learning. Incorporating Active Learning Habits

Most people tend to get so focused on carrying out their regular tasks and activities that learning tends to take a backseat. A good leader will make time to pause even during the most stressful period to incorporate learning’s along the way. Learning is a dynamic state and a good leader will always create an environment of learning by synchronizing learning with their work. They adapt and learn from their mistakes to improve capabilities for future tasks. For sustaining continued success, one needs to reflect not only on the work but also on the results and the overall processes. Experiences and practice teach as well as formal learning set-up environment.

Key Takeaways

  • Do not restrict learning’s only to workshops or curriculum. It’s a constant process, which needs to be applied at all times.
  • Treat mistakes and failures as part of education towards success.
  • Learning and relearning are cyclical.
  • Constant honing up of existing skills is as much important as acquiring new skills.
  • Remember – learning leads to growth and growth is an imperative to good leaders.
  • Best leaders are full-time learners.

 

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Learning is the catalyst to positive change in life