Three lessons every effective leader understands


It’s important for leaders to avoid misconceptions that could prevent them from becoming the best leader possible. However, we only know what we’ve been taught, what we’ve read, or what we’ve learned from experience, so it’s easy for us to create our own paradigms about what it means to be successful. While some of our ideas are accurate, some have the potential to prevent us from becoming an effective leader.

As I think about the ideas I’ve collected over the years and look into the lives of other leaders, I see three lessons emerging.

Here they are:

Lesson 1: You MUST become a lifelong learner in order to be an effective leader. Some people think they can become an effective leader without having to open themselves up to learning anything new. However, committing to constantly learning new things is a crucial component to being faithful with your God-given divine design. What would have happened to leaders if they refused to learn how to send emails in the mid-90s? They would have eventually lost their ability to effectively communicate and their organizations would have suffered.

If you want to commit to becoming a lifelong learner as a leader, here are a few steps you can take.

Lesson 2: Effective leaders make goal setting a regular priority. Leaders who stand out above the rest don’t just set personal goals in January or business goals during the beginning of the fiscal year. Effective leaders are constantly looking for what they’re going to accomplish next and how to motivate their teams in the same way. Being satisfied with the status quo is the worst thing a leader can do. One way to prevent that is to see goal setting as a regular action for their personal lives, the people they lead, and their organizations.

If you’re struggling to see goal setting as a lifestyle, here’s a technique that might help.

Lesson 3: Doing something is just as important as dreaming something. Even if you have developed a habit of dreaming big and setting goals, it’s important to act on them. Effective leaders understand that without action, goals are just ideas. As a leader, whenever you have an idea, act upon it. Do something. Anything. Effective leaders don’t sit around and write down ideas for others to carry out all day. They act.

If you want to know what to do after you’ve discovered a dream or goal, here is a post to read.

Understanding these lessons is critical if you want to develop into an effective leader. Certainly none of these principles were earth-shattering. However, it’s equally important to never close your mind from learning new ideas that might challenge the way you’ve always thought about something.

What are some other principles a leader must understand if he or she wants to be effective?