One essential question you need to continually ask yourself is: Are you a Teachable Leader? The answer to this question can greatly determine and impact your future. Your level of success and leadership effectiveness has a higher probability of lasting if you remain teachable. This is why it’s crucial to value and remain teachable. Here are 4 practical ways for you to remain teachable:
1. Predetermine to have a teachable attitude-
Being teachable is a choice. You need to predetermine, no matter your title or level of success, to remain being a teachable leader. Always remember the reason why you should remain teachable, it positions you toward your potential. Chose to have a teachable attitude no matter what happens to you or around you.
2. Look at the world with new eyes-
Children look at the world differently. When they look around they are often curious or mesmerized at the simplest or mundane things. My 3 year old son is no different. He can get excited and amazed by going down the toy aisle, getting a special desert, or seeing something for the first time. His perspective about life always energizes me. In the article The Five Components of Personal Growth I wrote, “Being teachable is about being open to learn and retain new information.” Looking at life and what is around us with a child’s perspective can cause us to learn and gain fresh insights. Those type of eyes will always keep you teachable.
3. Always ask great questions-
Asking great questions and listening to the answer can allow you to remain teachable. The key is to ask questions while not overly talking. Understand you can learn from anyone and everyone if you take the time to ask enough good questions. John Maxwell said, “If you want to be successful and reach your leadership potential, you need to embrace asking questions as a lifestyle. Because you only get answers to the questions you ask.” Always take the time to ask questions to those around you.
4. Maintain the habit of daily growth-
Teachable leaders consistently put themselves in places where they are growing and learning. When you maintain a personal growth routine it will help you to remain teachable. Your personal growth will foster ideas and learning opportunities in the other areas of your life. Being teachable and the habit of growth are inseparable.
Question: How do you remain a teachable leader? Can you add to the list?
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