Every leader must be continuously aware and know about what is happening around him as it will help him to think diversely and make right decisions. As you are committed to the position of leading people, it is important to expand your thinking. According to John F. Kennedy, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”
Constant learning is necessary to gain knowledge, especially in developing leadership quality. Studying new things usually need a dedicated team to stay focused and to run the work smoothly.
Leadership and Learning is a Constant Process
Leaders must be keen to update their knowledge and perspective about society and changing trends. They should think of what comes ahead and do a lot of preparation with the dedication to improve and maintain it. Dedicating yourself to learn continuously will let you reach higher levels of consciousness. Awareness of concepts will enhance your inner power and confidence. Your ability to think on the matters and resolve them will be improved. All this can be done only when combining leadership and learning in a balanced way to learn from all levels irrespective of position, ages, etc. If you adapt and can implement, you will become icon for your followers to follow.
John F. Kennedy wants to highlight the reciprocal necessity of studying by both the parties which results progress and prosperity. Valid ignorance and wrong information can lead to devastation. You need a great discipline to apply a schedule to read and recollect the information.
Now the question is how you can improve your leadership and learning skills. Although both are different rail rods of a track, but when they both are synchronized perfectly, as a leader you can reach your goals, take the country to heights. Below are the methods to follow and learn both the skills.
Look at your surroundings capture every moment and try to think where it can be used, what can be learned from it. See how people react to one another; see what motivates other to do more. See how each one strengthens him.
Do More Reading
Make a habit to read daily. Maintain your schedule to read a wide variety of books. In another speech, John Kennedy said that “The goal of education is the advancement of knowledge and the dissemination of truth”. Self determination is required to explore new ideas in Advancing knowledge further. New concepts must be innovative and crafted well, and it should be spread through someone who is skilled enough to implement it effectively.
What do you see in your daily life? you can hear many things, can see many vivid pictures, sentiments, emotions, problems. So see and read more, listen more than you speak. Observation involves more than physical like tone of voice, non-verbal communication such as body language.
Be a Great Student
Leadership skills are equal to the skills that define great students. They both are on the same path. The examples of leaders demonstrate that leadership and learning are indispensable to each other even at the basic level. Any successful college student can become a leader as he will have all those qualities.
Show passion for your role. If not it becomes outwardly and in turn may affects people negatively. If you are passionate enough, then you will seek new angles and new methods which help you to perform better. Ask yourself the reason why you want to lead the team and how can you reach the target of leading successfully. This will help you to do a daily amount of research.
There is no qualification to be a great leader as such. But if you take learning and taking leadership seriously, then it requires a regular input of knowledge and practice. With vast experience, leaders will learn new things and adapt new technologies. Now it is the time to change the paradigm of leadership and drive spirit in your followers.
Written By: Muppasani Susmitha