Selecting Leaders: Teachable

#6 Teachable

I’ve posted about this topic before because I love it so much. Click hereherehere, and here.

Proverbs 10:22 (NIV) “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”

Being teachable should be a non-negotiable.When I am interviewing potential leaders I try to figure out if they are the type of leader that will be willing to learn under any circumstance. Teachable people can go further faster.

People skills, a positive attitude, and other qualities can be learned if you are teachable. I’ve seen countless examples of leaders skyrocketing in their influence because they are willing to be taught. In my opinion being teachable is the most important quality of a leader.

Questions to ask:

Who are their mentors?
How would they handle criticism and correction?
Do they ask great questions?
Can they handle being given direction?
Can they admit weakness?  Say I’m sorry?
How do they handle failure and trials?



There are SO many truths in Scripture about being teachable to others. I would say that probably my biggest strength is my ability to learn from others. I’m not ashamed of it. Teach me something!

Proverbs 9:8-9 (NIV) “Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you; rebuke a wise man and he will love you. Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; Teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.”

Proverbs 10:22 (NIV) “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”

Proverbs 12:1 (NIV) “Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates correction is stupid.”

Proverbs 12:15 (NIV) “Fools think they need no advice, but the wise listen to others

Proverbs 19:20 (NIV) “Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.”

Proverbs 27:17 (NIV) “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

Proverbs 28:26 (NIV) “Those who trust in themselves are fools, but those who walk in wisdom are kept safe.”