Learning is not compulsory… neither is survival.
– W. Edwards Deming
Many if not most people go to school, perhaps on to college, and then rarely open another book – at least one with big words in it. Sure they may continue to grow through experience, but this is the slow boat.
I’ve found that the primary predictor of executive leadership competency is the desire to seek, learn, analyze and distill, and teach new knowledge. This doesn’t necessarily have to be within the current field or competency, nor does it have to be strictly via reading books. Online courses, magazines, workshops – there are multiple pathways to new knowledge.
What have you learned recently? What do you want or need to learn this year? How will you do it? What will you do with the new knowledge? How does it fit in with your new self-awareness? How will you encourage and provide opportunities for your team to learn?