There are many things leaders do naturally, but they aren’t born with these actions.
I love watching the Olympics. The athletes make everything look quite easy, but there ability to perform at a high level is possible because of years of hard work.
As with anything in life, leadership takes years of hard work. There are some lessons you will learn quicker than others, but overall great leadership takes time. More importantly, it takes you taking control of your own leadership.
How are you developing your leadership?
There three ways you can control your leadership and improve the way you lead yourself and others.
1. Manage your experiences. Experience may seem hard to control, but many things of the situation we go through we bring them on ourselves. There are some situations and experiences out of our control, but we can control how we learn from them.
“Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.” C.S.Lewis
This is why we learn more from our mistakes than accomplishments. The greatest of leaders have failed many times at controlling their leadership, but through experience they learn how to win at managing their leadership development.
2. Manage your intentions. Intention is everything when it comes to leadership. Every good leader leads with intentional leadership. We lead with intention from our thoughts, words, ideas, and actions.
There is no way we can develop our leadership without great intention.
Everything we do must have an aim, plan, or a strategy. Without intention, we will aimlessly go through life expecting something that will never happen.
To refer back to the Olympian athletes aforementioned, they are very intentional in their thought process. Matter of fact, most of these athletes knew they were going to be an Olympian before becoming an Olympian.
Be intentional about developing your leadership.
3. Manage your practices. Practice is important with anything in life. Vince Lombardi said,
“Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.”
You will need perfect practice as a leader, but first you must start practicing if you haven’t started practicing yet.
Leadership is dependent on proper training and practice. Before starting in job, usually you will have to go through some form of orientation. This orientation is a way to properly train and develop an employee. The right training will help bring about success in any position.
“Gold medals are made out of sweat, blood and tears, and effort in the gym every day.” Gabby Douglas
You may not be training for a gold medal, but I think we all want to be the best at whatever we do in life. So every day go all out to develop your leadership. Take every opportunity to practice developing your leadership. Work hard at practicing to be a dynamic leader thought, word, and action.
Olympians perform with such grace making their athletic skill look effortless. Let their diligence and disciplines in crafting their talents inspire us to develop our leadership.
Peace and Prosperity,
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