We might be a little biased here at Volunteer University, but we strongly believe in the benefits of ongoing learning. Learning is for everyone. No matter how expert you are in a subject, you can always learn something new.
The process of learning alone is good for your health. It can improve cognitive functioning (like increased memory). It may slow age-related cognitive decline. And some research shows that people who practice continuous learning are, on average happier.
Ongoing learning makes you innovative, helps you adapt to change better, keeps you informed, and can lead to more opportunities. It can make you a better leader, help you stay competitive in the job market, and increases your capacity to learn other things.
How do you create a culture that makes ongoing learning a focus?
Learn And Watch Your Team Learn.
Leaders who prioritize learning tend to have a team who also makes it a priority. Why? Because team members follow their leader’s well, lead. Your followers are watching how you invest your time. They are paying attention to your behaviors. When they see you make continuous learning a habit, they will begin to do the same. They will start to follow corporate practices as they spend more time with you and the organization. If your organization values learning, it will naturally trickle down through the hierarchy. If learning is important to you, you will also make a point to invest in your team’s education.
Put An End To Boring Learning.
Let’s be honest. We’ve all
slept…I mean, sat through a boring class. Or we were forced to read a book that we spent more time sleeping on than reading. If you want to encourage an environment where your team values increasing their skillsets and knowledge, make it fun. Learning doesn’t have to be dull. You should enjoy it. Add fun surprises. Delight your students with unexpected playfulness and whimsy. People learn best through stories and humor. You want your training/classes/learning opportunities to be unforgettable! Insert some joy in your lessons. Even if your organization is serious and your study covers heavier topics. Keep your audience on their toes with spontaneous bursts of fun. People will not only enjoy it but will remember the content better as well.
VOLUNTEER UNIVERSITY NEWS
We recently released our new book: VOL U 101: Introduction to Volunteering. It may sound like an introductory course in volunteer management, but don’t let the title fool you. The book covers everything from volunteer recruitment to retention and everything in between. It’s a fantastic resource for anyone who leads teams. Get your copy HERE.