How Getting the Right Knowledge Improves your Leadership
“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”― Maya Angelou
Knowledge is the result of perception, learning and reasoning. Knowledge is information. If you’re not informed, you’ll be deformed. Knowledge is gained through perceiving by using all of the senses.
Learning is a skill in knowledge acquisition. What you perceive, you learn from. Learning gives you an edge for more information and success achievements. “Learning is a lot like eating. It is not how much you eat that matters, what matters is how much you digest. Knowledge is potential power; wisdom is real power. Education takes many forms; it is not just grades and a degree. It’s cultivating your strength, learning self-discipline, listening and eagerness to learn”.– Shiv Khera.
Reasoning is the ability to think. I’ve learnt that education does not give one the answer, it teaches one how to think. Education that does not teach an individual to think logically, can be destructive.
Knowledge is a continuous process
The Continuous Creation Theory states that; “the universe maintains a constant average density with matter created to fill the void left by galaxies that are receding from each other”.
Acquiring knowledge is a continuous process. It never stops! Just as the matter is filling the voids left by galaxies that recedes from each other, knowledge constantly fills the voids left by ignorance. Henry ford was credited with saying that “anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young”.
Leadership and learning are twin. Successful leaders keep acquiring more information for self improvement. Knowledge is the building block for leadership without which leaders can never make the best of both their leadership and life. Information is needed for leaders to succeed and the right information and learning brings about that success.
Now the big question is; whom do we call educated?
“No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire.”― L. Frank Baum
Socrates tells us that the educated are those:
1. Who manage well the circumstances which they encounter day by day, and those who can judge situations appropriately as they arise and rarely miss the suitable course of action.
2. Who are honorable in their dealings with all men, bearing easily what is unpleasant or offensive in others, and being reasonable with their associates as is humanly possible.
3. Who hold their pleasures always under control and are not unduly overcome by their misfortunes, bearing up under them bravely and in a manner worthy of our common nature.
4. Who are not spoiled by their successes, who do not desert their true selves, but hold their ground steadfastly as wise and sober-minded men, rejoicing no more in the good things that have come to them through chance than in those which through their own nature and intelligence are theirs since birth.
5. Who have a character which is in accord, not with one of these things but with all of them, these are educated-possessed of all virtues.
Feed your mind
“To be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge”.– John C. Maxwell
Just as you feed your body with good diet, also, feed your mind with positive information. Nowadays, common sense is no longer common. It has to be built on the three legs of perception, learning and reasoning. If these three factors are absent, common sense becomes worthless. And leaders becomes clueless.
What is common sense? It is simply having good judgement! And good judgement comes from the right knowledge. As Robert Kiyosaki said; “Fight for knowledge. Question everything”. With the right education, one can be able to analyze, reason, improve and lead the right way.
P.S: This post is adapted from my unpublished book “Recipes of Leadership Success”.