Leaders need more than one good quality to make them a quality leader. Still, there are certain attributes that separate leaders and great leaders.
This is why it’s so important for the entrepreneurship community to practice leadership. Your companies, products and services are movements. And the amount of people who want to be a part of that movement should matter to you.
So, what do you need to do to be a good leader?
According to Sheryl Sandberg, “The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.”
And I agree. To learn is to grow, it is to evolve, it is to master. These are all things leaders should be doing.
If you’re the kind of leader who finally becomes a CEO–or whatever your dream job is–and you stop craving knowledge, you’ll hinder you ability to lead. Think about it. When you look at successful companies and their owners (or COO’s in this case), the ones who thrive are the ones who innovate.
As COO of Facebook Sandberg upholds their mission with this belief on leadership. Facebooks is leading our society by social platform, and they are constantly updating and shifting as their users grow.
Good musicians do it too. You can see it in The Beatles as much as you can see it in Childish Gambino and Miley Cyrus. These musicians stay ahead because their sound evolves.
Great leaders prioritize learning, because they prioritize growing.
Learn your market, learn about your employees, learn about different industries, because these variables are continuously changing.
If you want be an incredible leader in your industry, learning is where you should start.
That’s why Warren Buffet has said he reads at least 600 pages a day. It’s why Steve Jobs told us to “stay hungry”, and it’s why Jeff Bezos has told audiences that the most dangerous thing is not to evolve.
Leaders who neglect knowledge neglect themselves, their peers, and the people they lead. Because once you shut yourself off from learning, you stunt your growth.
Think about how detrimental that is for the people who follow you.
As the Spiderman comics so eloquently said “with great power comes great responsibility”.
If you want to lead people, you should aim to be a strong leader. And if you want to be a strong leader you need to prioritize learning.