Remember the last day of school in an elementary grade?
Excitement about carefree summer days, a family beach trip, a week at grandma’s house …
What about the last day of an upper grade?
Dreams of time with friends, extra late nights, summer jobs …
Regardless of the grade, the last day of school typically meant no more homework! No more studying! No more tests! No more school … in essence, summer-mode would equal no more learning!!! Freedom.
Then (finally), graduation. From high school. From college.
Moving on to Real Life.
Somehow, in all the efforts our teachers made to instill learning as a life-time process, most of us came out on the other side with the mindset that we were finished with learning. Afterall, we had been tested on absolutely everything we were supposed to know. We would no longer be tested. We must be done learning, right??
How very wrong. And, how very sad.
Real Life. Leadership. Let the MOST LEARNING EVER begin!!!
Earlier posts have referred frequently to the concept of self-leadership. And, in a nut shell, that is speaking to the life-long-learning process that each of us must monitor for ourselves. Life is our teacher. There will be tests of all sorts. We must manage our learning, our growth, our progress to be ready for all that life and leadership will send our way.
So, as children everywhere are plotting and planning a summer full of lazy days with toes in the water, let us be just as diligent.
Here are a few great summer questions for leaders:
- What is on my summer reading list?
- What area of my own communication do I need to strengthen?
- What local leader do I need to have lunch with to learn from?
- What podcast should I begin listening to?
- What are 2 practical ways I can be more generous?
- What do I need to delegate?
Make it fun! Summer doesn’t have to be boring just because we are in Real Life & Real Leadership … go put your toes in the water as you ponder these questions. Take a hike in the woods as you listen to that new podcast. Try a different restaurant when you meet with that local leader.
Model margin to your team and enjoy these extra warm months called summer as you continue learning & growing!