The essential hypothesis of the post was a single statement, "Highly effective, remarkable leaders must be continuous, lifelong learners."
There were a numerous of statements in support of the proposition that resonated with me. For example:
The status quo requires no leadership. ...learning is required to
continually adapt to and work under the changing conditions.
...leaders know that the mastery of these complexities is a lifelong journey with no defined endpoint. The result? The need and desire to be in a continuously learning mindset.Kevin's assertion that leaders must "Model it for Others" caused me to reflect on the managers that I have had, some of who "got the importance of learning", and, of course, some who didn't. If a leader is an active learner, others will follow. I have had occasions to work for a managers who were active and continuous learners. They naturally encouraged learning and by far, the best leaders. I bet most would agree.
Although I believe that continuous learning should be organic and can occur without a school, course, program, or conference, the post also caused me to reflect on the number of times when I didn't spend my training budget in the beginning of the year. I'm sure many have the same regret when a mid-year change in the business resulted in second half belt tightening. What goes first? I guess I better make those plans!
Thanks for reading. Please lead quietly.