Any person can be followed but not every person should be followed. Not everyone enjoys leadership positions but everyone should do their best to be the kind of person who is worthy of being followed. There's a lot that gets said about leadership and a lot of it is wonderful and helpful but I've been thinking more recently about the importance of learning for leading.

Many people want to learn to lead, but aren't interested in learning and developing the wisdom and knowledge that makes them a person who can be learned from. In other words, most people assume that they already have a lot of knowledge and people would be best served by just listening to them. The most effective leaders though are the ones who know that they don't know all that much so they never quit learning and expanding their knowledge.

Spurgeon said that, "The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men's brains, proves that he has no brains of his own. You need to read." There was a time that people read for their entertainment and they expanded their knowledge every time they picked up a book. Now we grab the nearest piece of technology and entertain ourselves by checking out of reality. I like a good movie or tv show as much as anyone and I don't like to make it sound like everything was better a generation ago, but I've learned that I need to block out time regularly to sit and read and learn for the sake of my own spiritual health.

I challenge you to block out a significant block of time in the next week and pick up a good book and read it. Take your time with it and absorb it's message. You'll be surprised how much clearer your mind is and how good it feels to learn.

Floyd Yutzy