We have all met them.
“Leaders” who have all the answers.
They have the “experience” … maybe they have “credentials” … perhaps they “read a lot”.
For whatever reason, they believe that they already know the answers.
They might ask your opinion … but we know they don’t really want to hear it.
More often than not they don’t even ask your opinion.
“A man who asks is a fool for five minutes. A man who never asks is a fool for life.”
Here is the deal.
Leaders listen to any good ideas.
They know that they always have more to learn and they WANT to learn.
They take all and any input so that they can come up with informed decisions.
They hire people that are better than them!
They are willing to share their knowledge readily, but in a constructive way.
They want their people to learn… but they also want to learn from their people.
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
Some thoughts …
What was relevant yesterday soon becomes obsolete.
What worked yesterday may not (probably won’t?) work today
Other people also have experiences.
That "know it all" leader is very likely not the smartest person in the room.
“There is no end to education. It is not that you read a book, pass an examination, and finish with education. The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.”
I don’t care how smart you are, how experienced you are, or how much education you have … you can always learn more!
Kevin Dee is the founder of Eagle (a Professional Staffing Company)
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I write these articles with the intent of sharing MY experience and knowledge gained during MY life journey. From the 16 year old joining the Royal Navy, through many incarnations, to the grey haired guy who built a business. If you find a nugget here, then I am happy. If the message offends you then I apologise, that was never my intent. I know and recognize there are many people and groups who have a far bigger challenge than I have had and I only wish you well.