No matter what level of leadership you currently find yourself at, there are important actions that every leader should be consistently practicing as they continue to enhance their leadership skills. Here are the 2 most important leadership actions I continually practice as a growing leader.
1. I Keep Learning – As a leader if you stop learning you stop growing. The wonderful thing about leadership is that you never know it all. No matter how many of John Maxwell’s books you’ve read, leadership conferences you’ve attended, years of leadership experience you possess there is alway more room to grow as a leader. Leaders that stop learning lose the burning desire that is required to lead boldly, bring innovative change and continue to carry and cast fresh vision to those they lead.
Proverbs 9:9 – Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
2. I Keep Listening – A leader that doesn’t listen is a leader that doesn’t last because when leaders stop listening people stop following. Leaders must be active listeners. To be an active listener doesn’t mean you need to act on everything you hear, yet it’s understanding the importance that everything you do hear has an element of truth that can help you as a leader. As a leader I have made it a consistent practice to hear the compliments as well as the complaints. I’ve had people yell at me because they were upset and something and was still able to pull something positive out of what seemed to be a negative situation. I’ve listened to criticism and allowed it to become a catalyst for something good to happen. Leaders that listen are leaders that are one step ahead and continue to stay ahead conflict and concerns.
Proverbs 1:5 – …Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance.
I have found that as I keep learning and listening I can continue to take my leadership to the next level and be the leader God has called me to be.
What practices as a leader do you consistently act upon that continue to help you grow as a leader?