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Why Great Leaders Never Stop Learning

Life-long learning in leaders

This is a guest post by Allison Hail

It’s easy for someone to call themselves a leader, but to truly deserve the title, he or she needs to not only manage a team but to manage it well. It’s also clear that the greatest leaders are prone to seeking knowledge and committed to always learning – but why? Consider the following reasons:

They’re Setting an Example for Their Team

If a leader expects his or her team to perform well and continue to reach their goals, it’s important to set an example. If a team member notices that their superior is set in his or her ways and appears uninterested in learning new information, the team member may take that as a sign that they, too, can become complacent in their job.

Additionally, a good leader will enjoy the opportunity to develop positive leadership skills, whether through personal research or attending training courses.  A responsible leader acknowledges that learning how to lead better will benefit their whole team.

Information Changes Often

With the rise of technology and constant advancements in all disciplines from agriculture to medicine, it’s more important than ever for a leader to keep up to date with the changes in their field. A true leader knows that they need to be able to impart new information, and this is best done when the leader ensures that they’re keeping informed.

Finding solutions to issues in the workplace is also easier when a leader has access to up-to-date information, and they’ll be less likely to make avoidable mistakes. If you’re a leader yourself, you likely recognize the importance of keeping your team knowledgeable, too.

Having them complete courses online is an enjoyable, productive way to ensure that your team is learning together. Provide plenty of encouragement so they’ll make the most of their studies, and with any luck, they’ll love learning too – especially if it’s from the comfort of their own homes.

Great leaders never stop learning

A Leader Has to Take Responsibility for Their Actions

If a team member makes a mistake, they may well be reprimanded, but a leader may have to answer for their own mistakes as well as those of their team – and the consequences will likely be more severe. For this reason, it’s vital that a leader is willing to learn and adapt, to ensure that if a problem happens, they’ll be better equipped to handle it.

Learning Helps our Brains to Keep Sharp

It’s well-known that education is helpful. There’s a correlation between the act of reading and a decreased risk of Alzheimer’s, for example, but learning helps in everyday life, too.

Making a conscious effort to learn helps your brain to get stronger and more adaptable, and it’ll also help you to understand more about your environment and how things work. This is especially helpful for leaders in fields that require innovative thinking.

It’s Important to Know About Human Nature

Good leaders empathize with their team members. The ability to emphasize with and understand different personalities is a great asset in business – thus, studying human behavior is very useful for anyone managing a team.

Learning about anthropology, psychology, and sociology is particularly essential for any leader who wants to know what’s going on in their employees’ minds or why they might be acting the way they are.

Learning throughout life is essential for everyone – but leaders, in particular, should always retain a love for learning, both in their work and personal lives. If you’re a leader who’s eager to learn more, it’s easy to do from home these days.

With nothing but your own enthusiasm and an efficient, reliable internet connection for downloading study materials and watching videos tutorials online, you can learn about any topic under the sun, whether it’s related to your work or whether you’re learning just for pleasure.

About the Author

Allison Hail is a Wellington-based freelance writer who has enjoyed writing on business, leadership, lifestyle, and travel topics for numerous sites. She has also collaborated with local businesses in her area such as Hercules Gazebo. You can find more of Allison's work here.

Last updated: 02 Nov 2018

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