Your personal growth and learning are key elements to your success as a leader and moving toward your potential. So let me ask. Are you a teachable leader? Here are a few questions to ask yourself to determine if you have a teachable mindset:
- When was the last time you did something for the first time?
- When was the last time you experience a teachable moment?
- When was the last time you asked an inner circle member or mentor for advice or counsel and accepted the advice you received?
- What have you learned and applied in the last month?
- When was the last time you moved outside of your comfort zone?
If you have a difficult time answering these questions or can’t remember the last time you developed yourself or learned something new, now is the time to shift your mindset toward becoming a teachable leader. Even if you are a teachable leader you still have the opportunity to increase your growth and learning. being or becoming a teachable leader requires that you avoid these teachable stoppers:
- Pride- Pride makes you believe you are better than you actually are, preventing your growth and learning.
- Talent reliant- Relying only on your skills or talent can prevent you from being teachable.
- Title minded- Focusing on your authority or leadership title causes you to concentrate on your power or position and not your growth.
- Highly educated- Too much reliance on your education can cause you to only lean on your past knowledge and education which prevents continued growth and learning.
- Resistant to change- Growth and learning cause change and those who resist change are often not teachable.
- Low understanding- Those who don’t know the value and importance of personal growth or learning don’t engage in the activities that will cause them to become better.
If you’re going to remain teachable and be moving toward your leadership potential remember these two points:
1. Know your limits- Leaders have to know their personal limits. They have to remember they are not the best or knowledgeable in every area. To stay within your limits find and concentrate on your strength zones and areas of expertise. This also means you know the importance of having a strong team of people around you. Having a well rounded and skilled team creates unlimited potential. Speaker and author Mattie Stepanek said, “Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.”
2. Be deliberate- Being teachable is about being open and willing to be taught or learn something new. Teachable leaders are deliberate about learning from those around them and have systems in place which allow them to engage in growth and learning on a daily basis. They understand growth and learning does not happen by accident. To remain teachable requires making a daily decision to grow and learn.
Questions: What are some other teachable stoppers? How else can a leader remain teachable?