Intelligence Doesn’t Mean Good Leadership
Leadership is the Desire to Keep Learning
When you think of the smartest people you know. Think about how they got to the position where they are known for their intelligence. Is it a fancy degree? Knowledge about a vast array of subjects? Do they give good advice? Now, consider that individual, and hypothetically what if he or she was put in charge of an organization. Would they lead well, or would they lead poorly?
In today’s society, we often put a lot of value on “have learned” and not as much value on “learning.” And it’s not just in certain areas of life either. Leaders will often hire the applicant with the best education. Prestige is given to those with degrees. Having learned often equates to better.
Big Sky Collision Center strives hard to be the best auto body repair shop in Billings. To get there, we put a big emphasis on leadership development; that includes the fact that having learned is actually less important that desire to learn.
Hiring for Potential instead of Accomplishments
In a leadership role, your responsibility is to ensure the success of the group or organization that you are running. When there is an open role or position that needs filled, you have to get it filled. But here’s where many leaders run into a dilemma, and often fail at the task.
There are two choices when hiring. You can look at a list of applicants and see that many of them have great qualifications, strong educational backgrounds, and look like they will be superstars if hired. You can also look and see there are others that don’t look like they’re as impressive, but they have a strong desire to learn and grow.
Let’s suppose that you narrow things down to two potential hires. One is the highly accomplished and the other is the motivated to grow. If you choose the accomplished, often what happens is your payroll costs are far more than you expected, and they bring their methods into the organization. It’s no longer about how things need to be done, but how they do things. If you choose the motivated, they may come with less knowledge and formal accolades, but they have a strong desire to learn. They adopt the organization’s method of operation, but add their own suggestions and opinions. They work their way up costing you less in payroll at the beginning, but earn every penny when they have proven themselves.
In short: hire those that will grow into the position, not those that require the position to change for them.
Take the Time to Learn Each Day
Many of us fall into the trap where we believe when formal education is done, we stop learning. Day after day goes by and we don’t read, we don’t watch educational videos, and we don’t listen to podcasts. We are entertained by Netflix and movies, and if any learning is done it’s because of forced continuing education requirements.
Did you know that you have the power to change the world? The problem is that many people think big changes come from highly motivated people. But big changes can also come from a big group of people. If even just a small percentage made the commitment to learn each day, the world would become a substantially better place.
Determine to Make Learning a Goal
When you want to change the world, it starts with the decision to learn. And then the decision to keep learning every day. The best part is that it isn’t as rigorous as when you were in school. It’s not all-day every day.
Instead, make the goal of learning for 15 to 30 minutes each day. This is easily done during your commute. You will be surprised at the changes in your life over the next month.
Big Sky Collision Center Fixes Vehicles in Billings, Montana
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, we provide auto body repairs to the Billings community. To ensure that we are continually working toward being the best collision repair shop in the area, we continually provide leadership and educational opportunities to anyone that works here. But it’s not just for the prestige of being the best. It’s so that when you bring your vehicle in for repairs, you know that everything is done the right way, and you can pick your vehicle up that has been restored to full factory safety specifications.