Learning While Leading

One of the greatest things about leading is that you don’t have to know all of the answers. You can discover the right answers through your time leading.

This is one of the reasons leaders don’t have to go through formal training. Leading is a learn on the job type of experience.

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There are more times than not when a leader has to look at their current situation and realize their education didn’t give them an answer. Rather, their experience in the workplace or at home has given them insight into their issue.

Lead And Learn

Leaders are presented with new situations on a daily, if not hourly, basis. New problems and issues arise and it is up to you, the leader, to figure out the solution.

The Uneducated Leader

Getting your foot in the door of a leadership position can be difficult, if not seemingly impossible. Yet you can become a leader without an education.

Many great organizational leaders have stepped into a leadership role without formal education. They didn’t let their lack of education stop them from becoming great leaders.

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These leaders often had to step up when no one else would. They would see a challenge and choose to move towards the challenge, rather than away from it. They knew someone had to take action and why not them?

How The Uneducated Are Often Seen

Sadly, those who don’t hold a formal degree are often looked down upon. The views of many seem to be that formally uneducated people lack drive and passion. They’re flakey and won’t stick around.

This is understandable. This is also untrue.

Famous Leaders Without A Formal Education

It’s always a fascinating journey to take a look at famous leaders and see who did or did not have a formal education. There are many such leaders and you may be surprised at who skipped out on college and a degree.

Today, we’re going to look at leaders from around the world who did not have a college education or dropped out before their graduation date. I’ll be honest, I was surprised by some of these.

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If you think your lack of education will stop you from leading, let this list be an encouragement to you. You don’t need an education to lead. What you do need is passion, wisdom, and the ability to step up when others are sitting down.

Why Formal Education Isn’t Required To Lead

Education In Leadership

Whether you dropped out of college, are an up-and-coming young leader, or an older employee transitioning into a leadership position, you may be freaking out about your level of education. Especially if you haven’t had formal leadership training.

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Don’t let a lack of education stop you

For years, many businesses have been “requiring” team members to have a minimum level of education. You may see a business requiring an associate’s or bachelor’s degree. And it may discourage you when you realize you don’t have the education requuired for the leadership position.

I want to encourage you today. You’re not out of luck because you don’t have the listed requirements for leadership.

As you move up and on, you will discover these education requirements are more gatekeeper than a dead end. They’re there to keep people out of the position you’re looking for.

The 18 Best Business Books To Read During Your Lunch Break

The average American reads four books a year. Successful entrepreneurs like Bill Gates read 50. The fact is, reading is a fundamental part of your growth as an entrepreneur or workplace professional. Not only does decrease stress; it also keeps you mentally sharp and teaches you things you’d never learn otherwise.

The problem for many of us is that we are so absorbed in our routines that we seldom find the time to give reading that much attention. Unfortunately, if you’re already pressed for time, then your schedule probably won’t let up anytime soon.

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The good news is that you don’t have to make any significant changes. To fit reading into your schedule, all you really need to do is take advantage of the gaps in your day. For instance, your lunch break. Rather than socializing each time you have lunch, take three of those breaks a week and devote the time to reading.