The best leaders always seem to be hungry for new knowledge, skills, and a deeper awareness of themselves and the world.
Why? Learning is a form of change and growth and change is arguably the essence of leadership.
The best leaders are on a continual journey of learning, whether that is formally or informally. That is what you are doing by reading this blog. This continual learning process either begins with or leads to an inner journey of self-discovery.
Knowing your strengths and areas of needed growth, how you deal with crises and disappointments, having a personal vision, being aware of your beliefs, thinking patterns, and emotional reactions, and other areas of personal development are your greatest source of power as a leader.
It is from a personal journey of discovery that the most effective leaders learn the best, and the worst, about themselves. With that awareness, they learn to wield and cultivate their best and work on improving the worst.
This heightened sense of awareness of self opens up whole new ways of relating to and influencing others. Inspired by their own expanding awareness and abilities, they are then empowered to enable and challenge others to learn and grow, too.
Great leaders have a commitment to continual learning. Ursula G. Lohmann, PhD, the former Dean of Academics at the Army Management Staff College, wrote, “Good leaders never slack off learning, they make it conscious, and they take every opportunity to apply it… Leader is or ought to be synonymous with learner.”
I agree. It seems John F. Kennedy did too.
Have an amazing journey today!
Alan Mikolaj is a coach and leadership development consultant with 15+ years of experience. He is passionate about helping leaders transform their leadership, their teams, and their organizations. Impactful, professional approach driven by a passion for meaning and purpose, a growth mindset, and a commitment to excellence and service in order to drive change and results.
Alan maintains the ethics and standards of behavior established by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), including the standards regarding confidentiality. You can learn more about them on the ICF website.
Alan Mikolaj is a a professional, experienced, positive, and passionate speaker, leadership and organizational development consultant, change agent, author, and coach. He holds his Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University. He is a certified graduate coach from Coaching Out of the Box and holds his ACC and membership with the International Coaching Federation (ICF).
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