Today's farm leader spends more time functioning as the CEO of their operation than as a laborer. There are a lot of responsibilities to manage: business planning, finances, creating a vision and leading the team...the list goes on. That means a leader needs a lot of varied skills, and sometimes it means acquiring new skills.
When a leader spends time developing new skills, he or she is setting a standard and exemplifying how learning ties into leadership for the next generation. Solid leadership skills are vital for the success of the farm's next generation, and yesterday was the best day to get started on that generation's preparation to lead. It's OK, though, if you didn't start yesterday—today is still a great time to start gearing up the next generation to lead.