The Cry for Leadership…
In an essay entitled “The Cry for Leadership,” John Gardner notes the following:
“Most men and women go through their lives using no more than a fraction—usually a rather small fraction—of the potentialities within them. The reservoir of unused human talent and energy is vast, and learning to tap that reservoir more effectively is one of the exciting tasks ahead for humankind.”
As someone who is at a mid-career point in my life, leadership, and work, such observations press the question of whether I will:
(1) simply rest on the skills/knowledge I’ve already developed (using the fraction Gardner notes), or will I
(2) aim to continue learning in the second half of my life and professional service of others?
Such a question motivates me as a practitioner-learner. In service of others, I want to commit myself to ongoing learning. Leadership = A Commitment to Learning. If I am committed to the servant leadership values I hold, this commitment leads me to a path of life-long learning. A commitment to leadership translates into a commitment to learning.
As a leader, how are you committing yourself to learning in service of others?