Have you ever wondered why qualified people are only allowed in the broad room? They were teachable. They have certain skills and experience, and someone gave them a chance, and they kept improving on the skills they developed. But what goes on behind those closed doors affects every employee. But what if they were an open session where all could watch, ask questions, give advice, and get feedback? Don’t you know that It’s important for people to be teachable because a lesson can come from the unexpected? Usually, the meeting happens with the top executives first, and then later on, they will update the rest of the staff on what was already decided. Is this method effective? When you think about it, does your boss know who you are? Do they know your passion? Do they know your struggles, Your dislikes, and likes? No, you are at work to do a job and then go home. Repeat the process until you get tired and leave or you’re no longer needed at the job.
THE BENEFITS OF BEING TEACHABLE
When you are teachable, you show up with the eagerness to expand your mindset for individual or career development opportunities. It gives you valuable traits that express your open-mindedness to innovative ideas, perspectives, and strategies. It expresses that you can develop strong relationships with your instructors, mentors, and colleagues. These traits provide insight into the world, our fellow human beings, and ways to be creative, innovative, and problem-solve. When you are teachable, you are powerful because now you have acquired knowledge and the ability to serve others.
You are teachable when you are:
- Able to communicate and behave respectfully toward others. Many grew up with the term, “Treat others how you want to be treated.” To succeed, you must create a positive environment to receive positivity. So how you communicate and behave toward others is essential. There is a choice in everything you do because someone is negative toward you; you don’t have to be negative toward them. If they are not bringing value to your life, you respectfully remove yourself from their presence.
- Capable of expressing gratitude and appreciation when in need. When you show gratitude and appreciation toward others, they will show it back by supporting you. According to Bonus.ly, “65% of respondents admitted that they would work harder if they felt their contributions would be noticed by management.” Especially since employees often have the five-year inch, they feel the need to change jobs around the five-year mark. You have to think about what will make that employee want to stay: appreciation and gratitude for their work.
- You are capable of active listening. When actively listening, you show that you comprehend what the person is saying; you are paying attention, can provide feedback, not judge, and fittingly respond. This is vital, especially since, according to Star Tribune, only 50% of people can recall what they heard when they spend 45% of their waking time listening, and 75% are distracted, preoccupied, and forgetful.
- You are flexible and open mind with the unexplained and explain and want to learn more. It is good to be open-minded and able to listen to other people’s perspectives. When you think about many famous inventors, their work was a cumulation of other people’s work. You must be flexible and open-minded because you never know where your next great idea might come from.
- If you can, aid and assist those in need. They say that when you are helping others, you are helping yourself to evolve as a person. Helping others reduces stress and allows you to fit in. Sometimes provides you with purpose and puts things in perspective because you get first-hand experience of what other people are going through. You are not so involved in your situation that it might not be as bad.
- You regard other people’s feelings, thoughts, and convictions. It is important to remember what others are going through because you never know what goes on behind closed doors because sometimes all they have is the smile they put on their face. People remember how they felt when they met you, so if you didn’t leave a good impression, that bridge you wanted to build would never be created, and whatever insight they wanted to share with you would be gone.
- When you are willing to fail, you have to understand that in life, failure is unavoidable. You must rethink how you look at failure because it is a lesson for you to improve, whether personal or business. You must adopt the attitude that you didn’t fail in your last relationship and became a better version of yourself for your next one. Because now you know what to do or not to do. What you are willing to deal with and not deal with. And, sometimes, you have to become self-powered.
- Understand that constructive criticism is not an attack on you. Many of us are sensitive about our work. Especially when you are trying to build a business. People want to be successful so badly that their self-esteem gets lowered because they don’t think we are good enough, but constructive criticism does not attack them. Constructive Criticism is just a bullet point of what you need to improve. You have to be open to it, not fear it, and embrace it.
Understand that insight can come from any unexpected person or area, a stranger, a friend, a colleague, books, or an activity that would not usually attempt can teach you something about yourself that you were unaware of before. So, it is always good to be open.
Matshona Dhliwayo states, “You don’t need a long beard to be a sage; you need to be teachable. You don’t need gray hair to be wise; you need to be sensible.” Understand that you need to be teachable to be able to do anything in life.