Written and submitted by Lesallan – March 19, 2024

Ohio Christian University

LDR3200 Organizational Leadership (ONLSP24)

Dr. James G. Leak III

March 19, 2024

The Principle of Perpetual Learning Journal

At its core, leadership is predicated on the principle of perpetual learning. Maxwell (1999) eloquently encapsulates this concept: “Leadership is not about titles, positions, or flowcharts. It is about one life influencing another.” This influence is not a static entity but a dynamic process that evolves through continuous learning. This evolution is not merely a change in knowledge but a transformation in perspective, approach, and understanding.

The notion of teachability is fundamental to efficacious leadership. Teachability is not a manifestation of knowing less; instead, it represents an unending desire to acquire more knowledge. It is an acknowledgment that irrespective of our knowledge, there is always scope for new ideas, perspectives, and methodologies. Eurich (2014) echoes this sentiment in her TEDxMileHigh talk, asserting, “Learning to be awesome at anything you do, including being a leader, necessitates a willingness to continually learn and adapt.” This willingness is not passive but active, requiring leaders to seek opportunities for growth and development.

Drawing from my personal experiences, I have observed that the most effective leaders perceive learning as a journey rather than a destination. These leaders are receptive to new ideas, willing to take risks, and perpetually seeking avenues for improvement. They comprehend that to cease learning is to cease leading. This understanding is not just theoretical but practical, guiding their actions and decisions in their leadership roles.

Maxwell (1999) underscores that one of the 21 indispensable qualities of a leader is teachability. This notion aligns with Eurich’s (2014) assertion that learning is a pivotal component of leadership. Both resources underscore the importance of being open to new experiences, ideas, and perspectives as a leader. This openness is about being receptive, actively seeking, and embracing diversity in thought and approach.

Successful leaders are open to learning, flexible, and always seeking personal development. They acknowledge that every experience presents a chance for growth, which they utilize to elevate their leadership abilities.


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