Good Leaders Are Always Learning

This picture inspired this blog post — note the phrase at the top: “Good divers are always learning.”

Good leaders are always learning.

Are you committed to lifelong learning!?
Lifelong learning is the “ongoing, voluntary, and self-motivated” pursuit of knowledge for either personal or professional reasons. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lifelong_learning)

7 Habits for Lifelong Learning
Here are some of my habits as I pursue personal and professional growth.

1. Reading. I read a lot of books, articles, and blogs. I often read about leadership, church planting, coaching, disciplemaking, and missional living.

2. SOAP Journaling. I read from the Bible and reflect on what it means and how it applies to my life.

3. ABC Time. I set aside time weekly to evaluate what I’ve been learning and then determining key activities in the week ahead.

4. Blogging. Throughout 2012, I’ve been blogging every day. This has been a great way to articulate what I’ve been learning, as well as sharing these posts with others.

5. Peer Relationships. I need other godly men in my life to help me grow. No one matures alone. I need them; they need me.

6. Personal Coaching. I’ve benefited from coaches in my life who have come alongside me to help me focus intentionally on attaining my goals and living out God’s calling for my life.

7. Mentors. My dad was a great mentor in my life. After he died in 1982, I’ve been blessed to have many godly men pour into my life. I also learn and grow as I mentor other developing leaders.

What habits will you develop to help you grow as a leader.

Good leaders are always learning!

Today’s Missional Challenge

Good leaders are always learning. Commit yourself to lifelong learning and develop habits that will contribute to your continued growth and development.

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Dave DeVries

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Dr. Dave DeVries is a coach, trainer, author and founder of Missional Challenge. He is passionate about coaching and training church planters and missional leaders. With 30+ years of church planting and leadership development experience, Dave brings his passion and encouragement to those he trains and coaches.
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  1. Chris Jefferies
    Chris Jefferies says:

    That's a great list Dave. Full of worthwhile advice to ponder.

    As I was reading and thinking about it all it occurred to me that the common theme in most of these elements is listening.

    I need to listen more carefully and more often to the Father, to Jesus, to the Bible, to those around me, to my own heart, and to the Holy Spirit.

    You have set me thinking and encouraged me to listen more attentively. Thank you!

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