The Lifelong Learner
Bible Character: Apollos
Apollos was a Christian preacher who didn’t know about Christ…how is that possible?
He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately. Acts 18:25-26NIV
Leaders will quickly fall behind if they assume they are knowledgeable enough and don’t have to push themselves to continually learn.
“Too often, however, leaders allow themselves to get out of the reading habit. When it comes to learning, the brain can be likened to a muscle, and so like a muscle, it has to be regularly exercised.” Michael Hyatt
Internal reports, books, industry publications, periodicals, & the news…a person never knows where they might learn a little idea that will make a big impact on an organization.
Listen to Those Around You
Apollos was taken in by Priscilla and Aquila, they wanted to explain the story of Jesus Christ to him; Jesus’ ministry, the miracles, his death, and the Holy Spirit. Apollos would not have had to listen and learn from them, but he was wise enough to receive the message.
It’s a necessity that leaders pay attention to those around them; information can sometimes come from unlikely sources. Listen to those inside your company, but also pay attention to those outside your organization, even competitors.
“None of us have arrived,” an assertion often made by Mike Palmer, President of Dutchman Hospitality Group. In other words…none of us are perfect and we need to be continually learning if we want to stay relevant.
Apollos was better equipped for ministry with his new knowledge of Christ Jesus.
Hyatt, Michael (2010, November 4) The Leaders as Lifelong Learner…blog post. Retrieved from http://michaelhyatt.com/the-leader-as-lifelong-learner.html