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The Greatest Quality – Teachability

One thing I have observed in people that I admire is this:

They remain teachable and humble.

The Doctors who I love the most are those who have the inquisitive minds:

  • They learn from medical students and experts alike. 
  • They are humble and listen to understand.
  • They are always learning.

Leaders and patients alike who I watch lead with grace and kindness, whom I have found the most inspirational, are those who are the first to listen and are open to correction. This kind of spirit seems to make people excel in their work and in their character. 

I read this excerpt from The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth by John Maxwell on being teachable:

“Be teachable”

“I love being around people who have a beginner’s mindset. They think of themselves as apprentices instead of experts and as a result, have a humble teachable posture. They try to see things from other’s perspective. They are open to new ideas. They possess a thirst for knowledge, and they ask questions and know how to listen. They gather as much information as possible before making decisions. I admire such people and try to be like them.” John Maxwell.

If one of the greatest leaders in the world says this than gosh, we better listen. 

I was around this wise, kind Doctor once who was the most teachable man I have ever met. He was also an incredible leader and well known in his field. He possessed this inquisitive mind and a humble spirit. While he had a wealth of expertise, he was more likely to ask questions than he was to teach. He was quick to listen and slow to speak. When he did speak it was well thought out and revelatory and everyone listened. I loved Him and so did everyone else. We loved being around him and loved being lead by him.

My husband also possesses a teachable spirit. I love to be around him. And in my opinion, he is one of the greatest young leaders I have met. He endlessly asks questions. He writes down questions for his mentors. He would rather listen than speak. But when he does speak, people always listen. I don’t always. I truly love to be around him.

Let me ask you these questions which I ask myself:

  • What does it mean to be teachable? 
  • How do I have a teachable spirit?
  • How do I make sure I don’t become proud and puffed up?
  • How do I make sure I remain quicker to listen and slower to speak?

These are the questions I am reflecting on…

I yearn to be more teachable. It is a quality which I think is one of the most important of all.

What about you?

You are deeply loved and richly cherished.

Dr Christine Greenwood

Own your health: Changing the way you think, eat and live.


Wink: My husband might have a teachable spirit, but I wish he would teach himself to COOK. Seriously, if I have to answer One more STUPID question in the kitchen, I might become unstuck. Dear heavens. 

P.S Have you read Thankfulness The secret to Hope. 

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One thought on “The Greatest Quality – Teachability

  1. Brian Modra says:

    I think the biggest hurdle to overcome in becoming teachable and receiving “feedback” well, is to kick rejection to the wind, which can only happen if we know who we are; and we only know who we are is we know who our God is. Humility and confidence go hand in hand together.

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