If we want to lead well and develop great teams we must start by leading ourself well. Why? To keep ourself on the cutting edge of leadership with influence and impact. Leadership is far more than having been given a position. It is cultivated with character and influence. That is why leaders looking to go to the next level must master leading themselves to the level of leadership they aspire to attain. The experience of our own growth as a leader adds value to the words we speak while developing great teams and young leaders. Leading ourself well produces a leader who leads by example and increases the value of any organization they serve.
What does it look like to lead ourself well? It starts with honest self examination and intentional implementation of necessary improvements discovered in the process. It requires doing the hard things, the uncomfortable things, and the right things when you are with the team or away from the team. It is best achieved with a personal leadership growth plan designed to propel you to the next level. Do you have one? Are you ready to go to the next level?
As part of the John Maxwell Team I’m equipped to help you get there. The first step is discovering what level of leadership you are currently leading. John believes there are Five Levels of leadership: 1. Position- followed because team have to; 2. Permission-followed because followers want to; 3. Production- followed because of results for organization 4. People Development- followed because of what have done for follower; 5. Pinnacle– followed just because of who you are and what you represent(very few achieve this Martin Luther King Jr. is an example).
Now it is time to start. Let’s examine ourself so we can grow. Take a moment to complete the small exercise below.
Intentional Growth Connection: If you have numerous leadership roles please answer these questions with one particle role in mind. It is possible to be at different levels based on the leadership role you are filling.
What leadership level are you at today?
What level do you aspire to rise to? When do you want to get there?
For further evaluation score yourself on the following questions and submit. I will follow up with your evaluation and a suggested way forward.
Congratulations for getting on the path to leadership growth! I look forward to our time together at the “Leadership Growth Connection”. Be sure to leave me a message of any topics you want to see discussed. My hope is to stay relevant and real on this leadership journey.
Be Alert~ Stay Strong~ Pray Always
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do,
and he will establish your plans.”