How teachable are we? As a leader, would you be willing to submit yourself to serve those in your charge?
“Education is going from an unconscious to conscious awareness of one’s ignorance… no one has a corner on wisdom. All the name-dropping in the world doesn’t heighten the significance of your character. If anything, it reduces it. Our acute need is to cultivate a willingness to learn and to remain teachable. Learning from your children. Learning from your friends. Learning even from our enemies. How beautiful it is to find a servant-hearted, teachable spirit among those who occupy high-profile positions of authority”1.
Isn’t it amazing when one makes the connection between a conscious awareness and teachableness? From the perspective of leadership, a humbleness, and willingness to admit the fact that one is not all-knowing; that perhaps one might learn something from another, is the essence of true leadership. Learning requires change, and without change, learning cannot be achieved.
What do you think? I welcome your comments; thank you.
1. Swindoll, C. R. (2005). Great days with the great lives: Daily insight from great lives of the Bible. P. 196, Nashville, TN: W Publishing Group. Retrieved from http://www.insight.org/library/articles/leadership/servant-hearted-leaders.html