The 7 habits of teachable leaders
“What I believe is that all clear-minded people should remain two things throughout their lifetimes: curious and teachable.” - Roger Ebert
An article in Pew Research revealed about a quarter of American adults (24%) haven’t read a book in whole or in part in the past year, whether in print, electronic or audio form. Think it’s just the younger generation not reading? Not so fast. The survey revealed that older adults are a bit more likely than their younger counterparts not to read a book. The survey revealed that some 28% of adults age 50 and older haven’t read a book in the past year.
As an avid reader and author of books, I find the results of this survey both disappointing and revealing. Do these statistics surprise you?
As a leader, the one thing that will give you a distinct advantage both personally and professionally is that you are teachable. Your personal growth and development are non-negotiable if you are a leader who desires to succeed.
It’s important to keep in mind that your growth and development are the result of intentional behaviors that you embrace. You have to be disciplined. So what are some of the habits of teachable leaders that must be embraced? Here are seven for your consideration.
TEACHABLE LEADERS ARE READERS
You can come up with every excuse in the book (pardon the pun), but teachable leaders are readers. There are just too many options now available not to. From traditional print books, audio, or on your device, there’s no shortage of access. If you are not teachable and reading then how can you effectively lead the people who are?
TEACHABLE LEADERS ARE LISTENERS
It’s part of a leader’s responsibility to talk, engage, articulate vision, etc., which requires being out front and being the voice that brings clarity to the mission. But what’s equally as important, if not more so, is being a good listener. How else are you going to know what’s on the hearts and minds of your people other than by listening to them?
TEACHABLE LEADERS ARE HUMBLE
The older I get the more I’ve come to realize just how much I don’t know. It’s humbling. Over the years, I’ve come across people who think that they are “experts” on everything. No matter the subject, they seemed to know it all. Teachable leaders, on the other hand, are wise enough to know their limitations and are willing to surround themselves with those who compliment them and make them better.
TEACHABLE LEADERS ASK A LOT OF QUESTIONS
For the teachable leader, this is where genuine humility pays off. Teachable leaders ask a lot of questions because they want to keep growing. The advantage teachable leaders have over others is the ability to set aside pride and humble themselves and ask the questions others won’t. It’s in the asking of questions - not in your silence- that growth takes place.
TEACHABLE LEADERS HAVE POSITIVE ATTITUDES
Nothing will get in the way of the learning process more than a bad attitude. Henry Ford was right when he said, “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” As a leader, your attitude will be your greatest asset or the greatest liability that holds you back. You choose it and you own it.
TEACHABLE LEADERS SEEK WISE COUNSEL
In as much as teachable leaders are readers, they also understand that they need people speaking truth into their lives. A teachable leader seeks out the counsel of people who can give them guidance and insights from their experiences. As leaders, we all need people in our lives who can inspire us, challenge us, and hold us accountable.
TEACHABLE LEADERS ARE LIFELONG STUDENTS
For the teachable leader, class is always in session. Once you discover the joy of a teachable spirit then you will never stop growing.
These seven habits can put your leadership journey on a whole new path of fulfillment. Embrace these habits and watch your influence grow.
Are you a teachable leader?
©2019 Doug Dickerson
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