“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”
- John F. Kennedy
Leaders are always learning.
Yesterday’s quote highlighted the importance of experience as it relates to leadership. Today’s quote continues by explaining that leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. One important conclusion to draw from this statement is that a leader should always be learning.
Whether they are drawing from their own experiences or gaining intellectual knowledge, a leader should always be striving to learn more and improve their leadership capabilities. Inspiring others requires an understanding of human interaction and reactions – both of which vary by culture, personality, situation, and individual. Being a leader requires an understanding of these intricacies – a task which, by itself, requires a lifetime of learning.
The implications of learning also relate to knowing the world around you and how it affects those you lead. Learning relates to the industry, business, or specialty you are in. In fact, the case could be made that nearly any aspect of knowledge could have a positive effect on your leadership. This becomes more true every year as our personal and business lives become more globalized.
In short – never stop learning!