In real terms my mother is 89. But in leadership years she is still youthful. Why? She has an appetite for learning. It was only a few years ago that she wanted to learn the internet. For her it opened up a new world. Information, relationships and keeping an eye on the younger folk in our clan (yes, she proudly talks about her Facebook page and the old eyebrows raise from time to time when she sees what her grandchildren are up to!). Sadly many managers suffer from arrogance – “There’s little I can learn from others. I am paid to manage, thus I am paid to be the font of all knowledge”
Most research including one of my favourite pieces of research “Great By Choice” by Jim Collins highlight that vulnerability more than a strong ego build better leaders. Dogged determination not stubborn short-sightedeness can quickly move your status from ‘BOSS’ to ‘LEADER’. People that people would choose to follow. Additionally they have a persistence, passion and hunger for learning. When you meet my mum, you will know you have encountered someone special. Good on ya mum!
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