"My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.
'Because you have rejected knowledge,
I also reject you as my priests;
because you have ignored the law of your God,
I also will ignore your children'" - Hosea 4:6.
Leaders must be conveyors and carriers of all kinds of knowledge. They must have general knowledge about the economy and a host of other topics. They should be growing in the knowledge of their own business, their customers/clients and their own organization and its mission. And perhaps most importantly, leaders should have knowledge of themselves and their people - what motivates and demotivates, personalities and how they mesh (or clash) and strengths and weaknesses. In order for this growth to occur, leaders must be constant learners and students, drawing on their past but never relying solely on it for their leadership decisions.
LEADERSHIP STEP: Today you will assess your knowledge level and growth in the areas mentioned above. Give yourself a 1 (poor) to a 5 (excellent) in these five areas: general knowledge (science, history and the like); business knowledge (finance, marketing, fundraising); knowledge in your particular field; self-knowledge; and knowledge of your followers (their strengths, weaknesses, etc.). In what areas do you need improvement and how will you do so?