DEFINITION: tea·cha·ble /ˈtiːtʃəbl/
1. someone who looks at other's opinions as valuable learning tools, not a source of conflict or opposition
Being teachable is not about tension to learn but your ability to absorb and be continuously curious.
In a world of constant change and one that has left many of us unsure, rattled, and in some cases reevaluating everything around us, having a teachable spirit is likely one of the best coping skills for growth, leadership, and guidance.
Being resilient during turbulent times is not about growing a thick skin and battening down the hatches but instead, opening our minds, listening more intently, considering more thoughtfully, and observing more sincerely.
"Being teachable means being open to suggestions; learning to listen and asking caring questions; accepting correction and finding delight in this new world laced with fear but also extraordinary possibilities."
Is being teachable inherently built into some but not others? Or is it a skill that is, teachable? The answer: being teachable is a learned skill and one we can all master for ourselves, our families, our teams, our employees, and our organizations.
"Learning and growing is more important now than ever before as we navigate our changing world."
Being teachable is not so much about competence as it is about attitude. Legendary basketball coach John Wooden states it best in my humble opinion:
“It’s what you learn, after you know it all, that counts.”
In short, no matter how much we ‘think’ we know there is so much more to learn, understand, and grow from.
Perhaps then, the most important skill is to learn how to stay constantly curious for teachable moments often arrive when you least expect them!
Dina Wiltshire is 4xi's Strategic Partnerships & Growth lead - she works with clients who are seeking opportunities to improve, grow, and thrive. In addition to growth, Dina has a wealth of experience in a number of areas of business from leading call centers and call center design, to operations, and project management.
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