DCL 6.5 Instruction | Teachability Expands Your Talent

Video Presentation: Todd Mullins, Lead Pastor, Christ Fellowship, Florida

 

If you are a highly talented person, you may have a tough time with maintaining a teachable spirit. Tal­ented people often think they know it all. Teachability is not so much about competence and mental capacity as it is about attitude. It is the desire to listen, learn and apply. It is the hunger to discover and grow. Talented individuals with teachable attitudes become talent-plus leaders.

Remember: It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.

 

Video Presentation: Todd Mullins, Lead Pastor, Christ Fellowship, Florida

 

Do you have the right attitude about learning? Please consider the following truths about learning:

1.  The more you are interested in learning, the greater the potential for growth.

2.  Teachable people are always open to new ideas and willing to learn from others.

3.  Learning is meant to be a life-long pursuit.

4.  Talented people are often the most difficult to teach.

5.  Pride is the number one hindrance to teachability.

 

The Problems with Pride

  • Pride distorts our perspective of reality.
  • Pride closes our minds to new ideas.
  • Pride closes our minds to feedback.
  • Pride prevents us from admitting mistakes.
  • Pride keeps us from making needed changes.

 

How to Overcome a Pride Problem

1.  Recognise and admit your pride.

2.  Express gratitude often.

3.  Laugh at yourself.

4.  Make your friends your teachers.

5.  Learn to be a good listeners.

 

Chinese Proverb: Blessed are they who laugh at themselves, for they shall never cease to be entertained.

 

 Biblical Case Study: The Apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 2:1-5)

We think of Paul as a leader of enormous strength, talent and courage. It is interesting to note his com­ments about his weakness, fear and trembling (v. 3). Paul understood the devastating potential of pride. He knew that leaders must serve in humility, seek dependence on God and not seek the glory that God alone deserves. Paul draws three conclusions about his leadership:

1.  I renounce human values – I will think the way God thinks. (vv. 1,2)

2.  I renounce human strength – I will be weak and seek His strength. (v. 3)

3.  I renounce human wisdom – I will ask God for wisdom and favour. (vv. 4,5)

 

DISCUSSION

  • Do you believe you are a good listener?
  • Do you have people in your life who you can go to for advice? Why or why not?

 
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