To Lead, You Must Keep Learning
April 13, 2015
“Make every effort to add to your faith.” 2Pe 1:5 NIV
As a leader you should stand on this Scripture: “[God’s] divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness…he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them we may participate in the divine nature…For this… reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive” (vv. 3-8 NIV). Note the word “add.” Whether you’re a leader at home, the workplace, or the church, you must keep learning and growing. When you continually invest in yourself, over time the inevitable result is growth. Although it’s true that some people are born with greater natural gifts than others, the ability to lead is really a collection of skills, nearly all of which can be learned and improved. But the process doesn’t happen overnight. Leadership is complicated. It has many different facets such as: respect, experience, emotional strength, people skills, discipline, vision, momentum, and timing—the list goes on and on. That’s why leaders require so much seasoning to be effective. The truth is, in order to keep leading you must keep learning. And the learning process is ongoing as a result of self-discipline and perseverance. Your goal must be to get a little better each day, to build on the previous day’s success, and to learn from its failure. Solomon bottom-lined it: “A wise man will hear and increase learning” (Pr 1:5 NKJV).