If you are a leader of anything you have probably heard the phrase "Leaders are Learners". I think the first time I heard that was from Rick Warren or John Maxwell??? Not sure. But, the idea is that once you stop learning, you stop leading, you stop influencing, you stop being effective. It is the law of the lid. You can only lead people to where you are.
For me personally, I try to read books as much as I can. I am not a big reader, just being honest, so for me two books a year is good. The last book I read was "IT" by Craig Groeschel. I read blogs once a week or so... you can find a list of those from the right. I also constantly listen to other guys preach. I study both the content and the delivery. I also am a part of INCTampa a gathering of local church planters that meets once a month. I always learn from them. I also go to one church conference a year. Last year we went to Drive at Northpoint, took the whole staff and it rocked.
BUT, for the past few months I have felt like I was in a learning rut. I didn't feel like I was learning, I was just reacting. I have never felt like I was a good leader. I never know what to do, again just being honest. A few weeks ago Tony Morgan made an announcement that he was doing another coaching network in South Carolina. I have done coaching before, but never one that was this time and resource intensive. I applied thinking what chance do I have to make the 12 spots. This week I got an e-mail saying I made it! I was pretty pumped. Kind of cool!
My point is this. I had always put off this kind of leadership learning. Several other guys have networks around the country. I have thought about a few, but never felt like it was worth the cash! But, I realize that I need something different. I need to start learning so that I can start leading again. And, sometimes it will cost you! But do it!
I will keep you posted on all I learn.
What learning opportunity have you been putting off because of money or time???