ā€œSometimes you win, sometimes you learn.ā€  – John Maxwell

Being teachable is a very important trait to possess.  Whether you are a school-aged child or a retiree who has lived a long life, our brains have the unique ability to continue to process information, learn new concepts, and form new ideas.  If you are teachable, you have the willingness and capacity to learn.  You see the value in using your experiences as a learning tool, and you welcome opportunities for further growth.

A leader who is teachable exhibits:

  • A hunger for wisdom.  Teachable people have a desire to learn on a daily basis.  Our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, best summed up this idea, ā€œI do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday.ā€
  • Restraint.  We all like to express our thoughts, but teachable people exercise restraint.  They know that an open mind and a closed mouth promote learning.
  • Application.  Teachable people are quick to apply what they have learned. They pursue knowledge and truth, and when they find them, they use knowledge to change behavior.

Willingness to learn from others + using mistakes and feedback as opportunities to grow = teachable

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