While it is probably easier to learn if you do enjoy being trained, as long as someone in a leadership position commits to gaining as much knowledge and to become as expert as possible, a leader can be effective and qualified even if they truly dislike the training process.
Learning is easier if it is enjoyable, but necessary even if the experience is mundane and uninspiring.
Muhammad Ali put it this way, "I hated every minute of training, but I said, "Don't quit.
Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.
'" Great leaders come to realize that we never know all we need to know, and that continuous commitment to learning, preparation, and understanding are essential.
In my over three decades of qualifying and developing leaders, and professionally training them, I have found that one of the most common reasons for organization failure and less than optimal performance, is a dearth of qualified leaders.
While there are often various reasons for this development, one of the consistent causes is that far too many organizations fail to effectively address their leadership training programs.
Either they decide to do it themselves, or just go through the motions.
The most effective training is always when a true professional leadership trainer creates, organizes, coordinates and conducts the program.
Too many ineffective leaders delude themselves into falsely believing that they know it all about this concept, and that invariably leads to a future dearth of real leaders.
While one does not have to enjoy training to gain from it, when a program is conducted well, it inspires the real leaders to become even more committed and devoted to quality.
The real issue is whether someone thrust into a position of leadership is actually well suited for the position.
Great leaders are not superb because of their popularity or rhetoric, but rather by the actions taken, their preparation and commitment, and their willingness to continue to learn and become better.
Learning can be from formal training, or from the valuable advice and wisdom gained from qualified and inspiring mentors.
Only with the right attitude will someone persist despite the inevitable challenges that leaderships often contest.
Great leaders never stop learning.
They are never arrogant enough to think they know it all, and remain interested despite the presentation, seeking knowledge wherever it might be found.