Input is defined as adding as much information about the things that your interested in for the sake of being better equipped in that particular area. It’s not about refining something for the sake of knowing more on the subject, as much as it’s about having a better grasp on the subject because you have a lot of INPUT!
Learning is all about “the process” according to Strengths Finder. As much as the information is important to the Lerner, the process and out comes are more important and actually excite the Learner. It’s not about becoming an expert in a field, but it’s about gleaning as much knowledge as you can to strengthen yourself as a leader!
I don’t think I looked at myself as a Leader 4 or 5 years ago, mainly because I struggle with believing in myself. I certainly felt the test had nailed me because I was constantly looking for new things to become “Input” into my life. I was reading 4 or 5 books at one time and actually finishing them! Likewise, as someone who enrolled in Seminary for no immediate vocational reason I obviously realized that learning was important to me. Seminary was not about landing a ministry job, it was more about the process of learning and becoming a better candidate for pastoral ministry someday : )
Reading through John Maxwell’s “21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” I came to “The Law of Process” and I circled this quote in the book with stars…
“In a study of ninety top leaders from a variety of fields, leadership expert Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus made a discovery about the relationship between growth and leadership; “It is the capacity to develop and improve their skills that distinguish leaders from their followers.” Successful leaders are learners. And the learning process is ongoing, a result of self-discipline and perseverance. The goal each day must be to get a little better, to build on the previous day’s progress.”
Simply put… leaders are learners. Leaders NEVER arrive and leaders are always interested in becoming better. Some “leaders” want to become better for themselves… but I will argue that REAL leaders seek to become better because they want to impart this information to the people who follow them. Leadership that is all about YOU is not leadership at all! We learn so that we are better stewards of the people we have been given to lead.
Andy Stanley says, “Leadership is a stewardship, it is temporary, and your accountable”
If your leading in ANYTHING and you’re not doing what it takes to get better, smarter, faster, people who are following you will either fall by the wayside or the leaders following you will begin to pass you up!
Leaders, get to learning : )