You might find yourself thinking that to be a good boss or a good manager or just a good leader, you should know and more importantly, ACT like, you know everything so your coworkers can trust you to guide them into doing their job right. And to a degree, that’s true.
However, in order to be an overall effective leader, your coworkers should feel comfortable talking to you and learning from you, but they should also feel comfortable telling you when something could be working better. Continuous learning is a great way to make sure you can be that person.
To keep it short and sweet, Continued Learning is just what it sounds like: it’s the process of learning new skills and pursuing new knowledge on an on-going basis.
Essentially, it’s being open, willing, and excited to learn new things that might make you better in your career, your personal life, or your hobbies.
That’s just the super condensed, super simple version. To learn more about Continuous Learning and how it can help you, check out How to Be a Continuous Learner and Why It’s Important by the experts at ASAP!
There are a lot of reasons why continued learning is a worthwhile endeavor for anyone who is or aspires to be a leader, whether at work, in their community, their hobbies, or their social life.
Leaders aren’t just the people who are the best at what they do, they’re the people who provide new and innovative ways of doing things we’re already doing. Keeping an ear to the ground in your field for what competitors, other leaders, or even the young up-and-comers are doing keeps your perspective fresh and constantly moving.
Showing that you’re interested in learning and trying new things can inspire a similar learning culture in your team, too! Be a role model and a leader by volunteering during skills training or presenting the things you’ve learned at a conference and ask to have a discussion! Hearing different opinions and point of views is a great way to expand your knowledge.
Like going to a Zumba class or trying CrossFit, learning new things like skills, languages, or just opening yourself up to new experiences is like exercise for your brain. You’re stretching it to new lengths and building new muscles. Keeping mentally active can improve memory and focus.
Even if everything you’re doing right now is working, you never know what other methods or ideas might be out there. Being open to learning and keeping an eye out for new ideas can lead you to more effective, intuitive, and even fun ways to get your work done.
Staying tuned in to what is changing in your industry is how you keep your head above water and succeed in changing landscapes. Don’t assume that everything you’re doing is the best way to do it just because it’s always been done that way.
Being open to making mistakes, learning from them, and hearing suggestions from the people around doesn’t just open the doors for better productivity, focus, and energy. After all, it’s not just about what you can gain from it. Showing that you’re open to new things and even asking your coworkers for input shows humility and a vested interest in what the people around you are thinking.
It’s not always easy to hear that something might not be working, but be open to what the people around you have to teach you. Not only will you have a team that runs more smoothly, you never know what sort of solutions you haven’t even considered yet!
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