I am once again leading a leadership track at camp this week. I love having the opportunity to pour into students and connect with other youth workers.
So much of what I’m sharing with the students this week comes from ideas I have written about already, but some are lessons I’ve learned along the way that haven’t made an appearance here yet.
Last night, I shared a simple thought: Leaders Learn.
There are a few sides to this thought. First, in order to learn, it helps for a leader to discover things about herself. This may mean discovering gifts, strengths, abilities, passions, or any number of positive attribute. But part of discovery also bleeds into the area of things we would not like to admit.
A leader who cannot find a weakness in himself need only ask those around him for a full report. We all have weaknesses, but we choose whether or not we are open to learning what they are.
So, are you, as a leader, taking time to learn things about yourself? When was the last time you took some time to evaluate?
Second, in order fulfill the Leaders Learn mantra, a leader needs to learn to be honest with himself. Honesty may be one of the most crucial and beneficial pieces of learning. If someone is unwilling to be honest, then everyone around him or her fails.
Honesty, however, comes at a price. We will be unable to be honest with ourselves if we are unwilling to pay the high price of growth.
Are you growing? When was the last time you took time to be honest with yourself?