Each and every day, I discover a new leadership lesson. This follows the simple notion: leaders are first and foremost learners. As a leader, you should seek opportunities to learn and grow. This is integral to your success since leaders are lead problem solvers and strategic thinkers. As a learner, you can explore new ideas, challenge your assumptions, build strategic partnerships, and embrace diverse perspectives.
Over the years, I have compiled a list of key leadership lessons. These lessons have emerged after reflecting upon my daily learning experiences. Each day I ponder the question: what is in my hands to make a difference in the world? Exploring this question challenged me to connect my technical training and skills development with my moral responsibility to leave the world a better place than how I found it.
These lessons will serve as a guide as you begin to reflect on your leadership journey and your key learning experiences.
- Serve others: “The heart of the leader is manifested through service to others.”
- Always seek to learn: “The leader is always learning new things and gaining new insights.”
- Seek justice: “Make a commitment to serve the needs of the ‘least of these’ and give voice to the voiceless.”
- Lead authentically: “Be true to yourself-at the core of your leadership are your values and morals.”
- Be creative: “Your only limitation is the limits of your imagination so dream big.”
- Champion others: “A leader helps others to reach their full leadership potential.”
- Listen to others: “An effective leader is also an effective listener.”
- Engage in ongoing self-reflection: “Self-reflection helps one to gain new perspectives, foster connections, and develop self-awareness.”
- Chart a new course: “The leader goes courageously into uncharted territories and creates a new path.”
- Tap into your power: “Change requires action and action is an exercise of your power.”
Please share your key leadership lessons in the comments.