A Key Characteristic of a Leader – Are You Teachable?

August 10, 2012

Good morning to you! I hope you have a great day planned today!

We all know, or should know, that it is so important that as leaders we are to be continual learners. I have found that a good many leaders are learners, they do read, go to seminars and so on.

But, are we teachable? Proverbs 10:17 says, “Whoever heeds instruction is on the path to life, but he who rejects reproof leads others astray.” (ESV)

It is one thing to be a learner, it is another to be teachable. Are you inviting others to speak into your life? Is it “safe” for your team members to challenge you on your behavior or your assumptions? Do you accept their “reproof”? Do you actually change based on openly considering and applying the reproof of others to your life?

As leaders, most of us are learners, but it so much harder to be teachable. With being teachable comes the possibility that I may have to say I am wrong and someone else is right and I am the one that needs to change. My pride often gets in the way of that type of attitude.

if you truly want to grow as a leader, not only should you be a learner, you have to have the humility to be teachable. Otherwise, you will lead others astray.

Grace & peace to you today,
BG