We’ve all, to varied degrees in varied circumstances, fixated on life getting better. There times I’ve gone through rough patches and thought, “when will this ever end?”. Sometimes it seems everything that could go wrong, goes wrong.
“What would yo have done differently?” is a question often asked by those wanting to unlock some hidden ’secret’ to success. Normally posed to people who have attained significant success (whatever it is). Sometimes we asked ourselves the same questions as we reflect.
There is no silver bullet, but there are key components or ingredients to building great enterprises. Another key important to great enterprises is great leadership. Great, relevant, innovative and effective leadership can only be by virtue of growing leaders.
Humility is one of the key ingredients. I wrote about it in this post.
Another attribute for growing leaders is curiosity. Humility and curiosity make a great combo for continuing growth.
Curious | Attributes Of Growing Leaders:
Eager to know or learn something
Eager to investigate and learn or learn more
Growing leaders are curious. Curiosity is an acknowledgement that there is still more to learn and discover. Curiosity says there is still a great reservoir of wonder that will feed innovation.
Curiosity has to do with more than just wondering but exploring the correct “what ifs”. It goes beyond mental exercise but an active pursuit for “fresh, new and different”.
Leaders have to continually tinker with their mindsets, perspectives and approaches to leadership. They must actively wonder about how changes in their own lives can not only make them better people but greater leaders.
Curiosity is devoid of ‘learning apathy’. In fact, curiosity is aggressive in learning and the pursuit of learning. Curiosity seeks out new information and tries to make it relevant to context. It says, “what is this?” and “does it matter to me and my enterprise?” It says, “If it matters how does it best fit into who we are and what we do?”
Curiosity and humility are a potent combo [Click to Tweet]
Perhaps your growth as a leader is slower, because your curiosity and humility have waned. This may sound like repetition but what the heck…
Curiosity is never a default disposition but an intentionally built and guarded trait. Pick up a book. Ask yourself and your team questions all leaders must ask.
Ask great questions, another learned trait. If you’re going to grow as leader, it is time to get curious!
Growing leaders are curious leaders [Click to Tweet]
Trust me, you don’t want to be that leader. The stagnant, self-sabotaging and ineffective leader. You know the leader who doesn’t lead well, because he or she doesn’t lead himself or herself well? You don’t want to be that leader that’s not growing…
Great leadership always starts with self-leadership [Click to Tweet]
In leading yourself, as a leader, there is no silver bullet when it comes to leading well. It is not about doing one thing well. It’s a matrix of things that define leaders and their effectiveness.
The good and bad thing is a leader’s growth is connected to the growth of his or her enterprise. There are many factors for successful organisations; growing leaders are a critical part. And, the following is one attribute critical for growing leaders:
Humility is a leader saying, “I know enough to know that I don’t know it all, neither am I all it takes”. Leaders who have attained the “don’t-take-no-advice heights” are heading for a crash and taking their enterprise with them.
Pride is like the bulletproof vest of advice. It block out any reasoning and potentially enriching perspectives from other leaders and those being led. Humility is a welcome mat at the leader’s door.
If you’re going to grow as a leader you must place little stock on your ego. Love your mission enough to kill your ego for it.
Leader, humility exalts your mission above your ego [Click to Tweet]
Humility says, “Teach me” and is not always quick to say, “I’ll show you”. Humility creates an environment for learning that pride will never.
If a good example you are not, then a horrible warning you must be – @GreenMasterYoda
— Blessing Mpofu (@blessingmpofu) February 7, 2014
Note To Self
Time for a self-check… Does your ego make you inaccessible? What have you been ’saying’ most lately: “Teach me” Or “I’ll show you”?
Lead yourself well. Be intentional on growing yourself for your sake and that of the team / enterprise you lead. Lead well.
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Some things just go together. And, you cannot expect to lead without encountering some things. There are some leadership components that are not removable add-ons. You are guaranteed to have them. Period.
Leaders cannot escape taking responsibility for their vision and teams. They also don’t have the luxury of placing the blame for their team’s failure on their team. They must own it.