A Mistake Most Leaders Make
Do you find the pace of life and your daily leadership responsibilities astronomical? Maybe you’re moving up in your organization, and you feel the need to learn and grow to stay sharp and bring outstanding value to your team or organization. But no one owes you a development plan; it’s up to you. The mistake most leaders make is not taking the initiative to learn and grow.
I read an article that said today’s culture has access to as much information in one day as our ancestors 100 years ago had in a lifetime. No wonder we’re overwhelmed. We’ve all felt the pressure of organizational expectations knowing we need to do, learn, and grow more, but how do you implement a consistent learning rhythm?
Let me give you a few insights into what I’m doing and how I’m taking responsibility for my growth and leadership development.
1. Read Every Day
It’s difficult to make space for reading, but I read ten to sixty minutes a day. Yes, it can be challenging, but ten minutes a day adds up to five hours per month. Let your daily habit build momentum. You could knock out four to six books a year.
Try to get up ten minutes earlier, and spent that time reading. Books come in different delivery methods. You could choose a physical book, digital books, or audiobook. Find what works for you. I usually read a passage of scripture that will spiritually inspire or challenge me, and I add pages from a business or leadership book. I also read biographies on the weekend that unlock a wealth of insights from leaders that have gone before us.
2. Take Time for Courses, Conferences, and Podcasts
When I’m on the treadmill, elliptical, or running (on warmer days) I am listening to a podcast. If you’ve never listened to a podcast, it’s like a 15-30-minute radio talk show that’s available 24/7. Podcasts are a great way to get insights and information from other thought leaders.
Courses and Conferences can be inspiring and life-giving. Ask yourself, how do I need to grow this year? Consider the environment or the conference space that would fuel your goals and personal development.
3. Find Intentional Communities for Growth
You need two-way communication for growth and learning. When you find a connection through a coaching group or intensive where you’re getting interaction and you can talk about your recent insights, successes, and struggles it will provide awareness and accountability for growth.
I want to encourage you that connection is critical, and that’s what most of us miss. I joined my first coaching cohort about a dozen years ago, and I still meet and talk with most of those women. It was a valuable learning experience for me, and it’s one of the reasons why I’ve hosted online coaching groups.
What’s Your Learning Rhythm?
You can begin your learning rhythm, today. What book will you read? Which podcast will you listen to this week? Be intentional about finding a community for growth, and if you’re planning to schedule a conference this year, let me suggest the Women in Leadership Coaching Intensive. Ali Worthington is a dear friend and a brilliant leader who is co-hosting this event in Neenah, WI. You’ll find connection and women in similar stages and seasons of leadership who can share their perspectives.
In the meantime, let me know about your learning rhythm, and share the insights you’ve discovered but more importantly how have you applied these valuable insights. Let’s learn from each other.
We have access to so much information, but learning without application is just more noise in our lives.
Keep leading well.
Jenni Catron and The 4Sight Group
Jenni Catron is the Founder and CEO of The 4Sight Group. Her passion is to equip and inspire leaders to lead from their extraordinary best! Schedule a free coaching call with Jenni.