John W. Gardner an icon in the business leadership Industry suggests the best leaders
never stop learning. Whether that is a indictment on leadership failures, or a lesson in leadership success, doesn’t matter. What does matter is that he pointed out that boredom, not complacency, apathy, or arrogance was the Achilles heel that prevents leaders from moving from good to great, or steadily maintaining intellectual growth.
From Boredome to Better
To move from the attributes of boredome consider some antonyms; concern, energy, excitement, interest, liveliness, vigor, and zest. While words alone can’t change attitudes, these words evoke a powerful visual, which any leader can adopt and integrate into their daily thinking. Gardner offered an antidote to the virus of boredome when in one of his iconic speeches he suggested, “Be interested…everyone wants to be interesting but the vital thing is to be interested.”
An aphorism often used by this author is, “It doesn’t matter what you know, but what you do with what you know that matters.”
Even if you are in an industry that seems less innovate or invigorating, you can regain the internal excitement that once inspired and motivated you, simply by becoming curious, interested, and aware.
Spur your intellectual self by learning some new skill, perhaps outside of your need, like playing guitar, learning another language, or painting. Whatever you do today that brings interest back to the forefront of your mind, will pay huge dividends for you tomorrow.
Dr. Eugene Matthews