To become a great leader, I believe you first need to be a great learner. I’ve been very lucky to have been surrounded by some great teachers in my career, but it took me some time to appreciate what “surrounded” really meant. In the beginning of my career, I only looked upwards for help, advice and lessons. I assumed that my seniors would be the best source of knowledge, but have since realised that I was only considering one small slice of the whole learning pie available.
Truth is, some of the very best learnings come from colleagues of all levels, all tenures, and all ages. Each has invaluable nuggets of wisdom coming from their different life journeys, career experiences, and backgrounds.