All the Best Leaders Are Great Learners

All the Best Leaders Are Great Learners
From Recruiter - February 18, 2018

What do all of the most successful leaders of our day have in common, and how can I follow in their footsteps?

This isa question many executives and entrepreneurs ask themselves. While many expect the answer to be complicated, looking for big gestures to match major productivitylike organizational culture overhauls or fundamental changes to the hiring processit actually couldnt be more simple.

From Warren Buffett and Bill Gates to Mark Zuckerberg and Mark Cuban, the most successful leaders in business have made learning a critical priority in their everyday lives.

For example, Mark Cuban reads more than three hours a day. For many years, Bill Gates went into seclusion for annualThink Weeks.Family, friends, and Microsoft team members were banned from these retreats. Mark Zuckerberg vowed to read a book every two weeksin 2015.Warren Buffets dedication to continuous learning has been noted numerous times. These are real commitments to learning, folksones you dont fake, ones from which you draw regular motivation, inspiration, and education.

To be a truly successful leader, youalso haveto be a reader. At Petra Coach, were constantly sharing this lesson with the executives with whom we work.

Tom Bemiller, founder and president of The Aureus Group, one of Petra Coachs member companies,has adopted a learning first mantra in his life and business. To help coach other leaders on the importance of learning, I askedBemiller to describe exactly what this mantra means and the benefits hes experienced from it.

In our conversation below, youll find valuable tips from someone who is achieving greater success as a result of their commitment to learning:

JT Terrell:Tom, can you describe your learning schedule and how it works?

Tom Bemiller:In terms of my schedule, I set aside one day per week for reading and thinking. The day is blocked off on my calendar, and its the same day each week. Ill generally read something related to an issue Im processing or a project on which Im working inside the business, and then Ill spend time thinking and brainstorming about how to apply the concepts. Ive made big progress in very little time on some very important projects since making [learning] a priority in my schedule.

As far as a specific routine, I spend 10 minutes each morning practicing gratitude, 10 minutes reading, 10 minutes journaling, and 10 minutes setting my priorities for the day. This is the first thing I do in the morning, and it gives me an opportunity to quiet my mind, gather new information and knowledge, establish a positive attitude for the day, and focus on what needs to happen that day in order to move me toward the completion of my goals. Since starting the ritual, Ive become more efficient and effective in my work. Im also more calm and less stressed, and I am spending more time with my family.

JTT: What professional learning opportunities do you take advantage of?


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