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The Complete Executive: The 10-Step System for Great Leadership Performance by Karen Wright

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Be a Lifelong Learner

I’ve never met a leader with a big vision who didn’t also have a huge commitment to his own development. Anyone who’s trying to stay at the top of his game never stops learning—he never presumes he knows it all, and he’s not embarrassed to seek wisdom from others. In fact, outstanding leaders know that the best way to stay sharp is to be constantly in pursuit of learning and new ideas.

This concept of always staying in a learning mind-set was best highlighted by Stephen Covey in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, which put forth the idea of “sharpening the saw.” Focusing on your own growth will ensure you’ve got an ever-expanding set of tools with which to solve problems, build relationships, and generate ...

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