The Value of Remaining Teachable & 4 Practical Ways to Do So

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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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  • I do hope I am always teachable. One way I do is to continuously read. All sorts of books, not just those on leadership.

    • Me too, Bill:) reading is a great way to keep growing. Thank you for reading and sharing.

  • Point #2 resonates with me right now because, like you, I am seeing the world through the eyes of my 11-month-old. Life is so exciting that he fights sleep because he doesn’t want to miss out on anything. He doesn’t like to be held in stores anymore because he wants to go explore all the aisles and touch every item. I want to be this curious about life and to explore the minute details that I may have overlooked in the past.

    • My son does the same, even after skipping his nap and being active all day. Children can teach us a lot, the key is to implement it into our life. Thank you for adding to the conversation.

  • Being teachable is SO crucial. It’s like what eating healthy (vs. eating fast food) does to us physically. I just don’t believe we can grow and thrive if we aren’t teachable. For so many years of my life, I’m ashamed to admit I was not teachable. Not until I really learned that principle did I find healing mentally, physically and spiritually. Can you tell I’m a big proponent of this?

    • At least you learned the principle, many don’t. We just need to see the value from it. Thank you for adding to the discussion.

  • Great stuff, Dan. Being committed to being a life long learner is key for success and happiness I believe. Regardless of success, I think the biggest key is to remain humble and when pride rears it’s ugly head, send it packing… It destroys and refuses to learn. Pride is enemy number one!

    • Yes it is! Staying humble is defiantly key. Thank you for adding to the discussion.

  • Great post Dan. Love number 2. I already know that is such a dangerous statement.

  • I think the daily habit of growth is so key. It needs to be intentional. It’s so easy to neglect this for more urgent but less important tasks.

    • YES, it defiantly is. We grow daily not in a day. It’s a habit every leader must foster.

  • Great list Dan. I know Floyd already commented on the need to be a life long learner. As part of that we need to be sure we focus our learning on the areas that we need to have the greatest impact in the future. – This may not necessarily be an area of weakness, but perhaps we need to push further in the area of one of our strengths.

    • I totally agree, Jon! Specific growth is the best type. Thank you for adding to the discussion.

  • Your post reminded me of a co-worker I once had who used to say, “help me understand…” to almost everything. At first I thought it was silly, but then I saw how that one simple question opened up a ton of information. It really got people to talking and she gleaned more information than I could have by asking more pointed questions. I guess it’s because her question was open ended and I tended to ask more “yes” “no” type questions.

    • What a great question to ask and attitude about life. I’ll have to start asking that question! Thank you for adding to the topic.

  • It seems to me like you covered everything in your list! I do think being teachable is one of the most important qualities to have as a leader.

  • I’d like to add a little to the point about asking questions. I think it’s also important to think about what kind of questions you ask. It’s important to ask question, but you should also get into the habit of asking questions no one else is asking. When you ask different, unique questions, you’ll find yourself going into different, unique territory.

    • Great additional thoughts, wise advice. Thank you for adding to the topic.