Socrates is credited with saying, “Let him who would move the world first move himself.” In my last blog entry, I stated, “…a true leader is one who first and foremost knows how to lead him/herself.” Allow me to begin to elaborate on this truth.
If you want to be the kind of leader who is making an impact on your organization, you must begin by making a commitment to grow and learn as a leader. No matter how proficient you may be at the moment, you have not yet reached your full potential. One of the realities of leadership is your team or your organization will never rise above the level of your leadership. An incompetent leader will always be leading a team who fails to produce as required. A mediocre
Practically speaking, that means if you want your team or organization to excel, you must be in a continual state of growth, development and improvement. You must be getting better at all aspects of leadership. Your drive for self-improvement will be the example that leads your team in their quest for excellence.
Make that commitment to grow and learn. Start today by performing an honest self-evaluation of yourself and your leadership. An excellent tool to assist you in this examination is John Maxwell’s “Leadership Assessment” which you can find at http://www.centerstreet.com/The5LevelsOfLeadership_Bonus.pdf.
If you are going to grow as a leader, you must accurately identify where you are today and where you desire to be in the future. Once you have your starting point and final goal firmly in mind, create a plan to help take you from where you are to where you want to be.
In my next blog, I’ll continue to address specific ways you can improve as a leader. If you are looking for assistance in assessing your current leadership or are looking for a coach to work with you in your leadership development, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.