Great Leaders Learn
Recently Beyonce Knowles was a guest on the Piers Morgan talk show. When asked about her band she said "I have some incredible musicians and I feel as though I learn so much from the other musicians and it makes me want to become a better musician." This girl has played for the President of the United States, to over 175,000 people at The Glastonbury Music Festiva
l, is one of the worlds biggest selling artists, is considered a diva and in most peoples minds has made it. Yet she is comfortable saying to the camera that she is humbled by the people she plays with and the people she has met, she is always learning from them and it makes her want to be better. Recently the head of an organisation asked me what I thought the attributes of a great leader were and Beyonce nailed two of my top three. Humility and a constant yearning to learn. I am fortunate enough to get to speak in front of many hundreds of leaders each year and those that stand out take their work seriously but not themselves seriously and number two they ask more questions than make statements. They are curious, hungry to learn, want to be better and know that in their own minds that comes from the people and information around them. Know it all leaders who are impressed with the
person they see in the mirror are on a nowhere road. The great leaders of community groups, families, social groups, business or whatever the tribe you are a part of or lead will resonate more with a leader who is humble, acknowledges humility and wants to be better by learning more from those around them. I think Beyonce is a standout example for all of us in terms of her own personal leadership and its little wonder that she is considered a modern day diva.