How often do we sit back in our heads as somebody is talking and say to ourselves “I know more about this topic than this guy!” I have to admit, I have done that. It is especially true when it is about a topic that I am very passionate about.
It is true that you may have a more in-depth knowledge about a topic but are you the world renowned expert that has no more capacity in your brain for such topic? I am willing to bet that even though you have a great deal of expertise in the subject area, there is always room to learn something new.
Many leaders make the mistake of believing that since they are now at the top that they no longer need to lead. They will go through the motions and find excuses to not be professional development while teachers and other support staff are there learning. People notice this and do not think for a second that they are not thinking “Who does he think he is that he does not need to learn like we do!”
Leaders need to be life long learner just as much as teachers. Everyday we must fill ourselves with something new that we can pass on to the people we lead. The belief that you’re an expert closes your mind. What will you learn today to pass on?