If you want to be a great leader, you must first be a great learner. You cannot lead when you don’t know what to do and how to do it. If you want people to follow you, if you want to be a great leader, you must first be a great learner.
As Picasso once said, “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”
Mahatma Gandhi also said that, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”- JFK
And, Robin Sharma says, “The best leaders are the most dedicated learners. Real great books daily.”
How to learn from everyone, and from everywhere:
- Never stop learning
- Have an open-mind. Don’t think like an expert; think like a novice
- Ask intelligent questions. Great questions lead to more questions
- Be a good observer. Pay attention to every important things in your environment. Try to understand what they mean to you and the environment.
- Be a good listener.
- Think and live like kids. Yes, think and live like kids. Kids are curious; they explore strange things.
- Use what you already know to expand your knowledge.
- Pay attention to how you learn best and explore it
- Look for ways to put what you already know to use. Applied knowledge is power.
- Visit new places.
- Talk to different people. People who are not in your profession.
- practice, practice, practice.
- According to Dennis Waitley, “Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the moment of time over which you have any control: now.