Build your own postgraduate education

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You make sure your people keep up their professional development, but what about your own? Self-education may be the best way to go.

A few examples:
  • Colin Powell was merely an OK student, but he grew up in a home filled with books. As a young man, he read constantly.

  • Jack London, the best-selling author of his day, took his education at public libraries. He tried college, but found it dull.

  • Thomas Edison was a lousy student but followed his passion and grew totally absorbed in his work as an inventor. He often slept in his lab.

  • The Wright brothers hated school and sought out their own education. German inventor Otto Lilienthal became their key inspiration on glider technology.

  • Benjamin Franklin quit school at age 10 and set up a program of self-education, including science, philosophy and foreign languages.
The most accomplished leaders are readers. If you think you don’t have time to read, consider that you actually don’t have time not to read. Biographies offer lessons in character and problem solving. High-quality magazines and newsletters let you spot trends and monitor your competition.

Any way you do it, keep educational options open for yourself and your team.

— Adapted from Building Character: Strengthening the Heart of Good Leadership, Gene Klann, John Wiley & Sons.

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