While reading this week, I read a statement that said; Growing teams are always led by growing leaders. If you are a leader in baseball at any level, you already know this could not be more true.
As you think about your team and organization, do you hope to grow your life of leadership and influence more in the weeks, months and years to come? If so, let me remind you, hope is not a strategy. A growing leader is.
So, let me say it again…Growing Teams Are Always Led By Growing Leaders.
Since everything rises and falls on leadership; below are five ways you can intentionally grow your leadership…
Set A Growth Goal: It helps to have a target – an intended destination. Once I know my target, all I need is to aim and fire, armed with a few proven disciplines. Remember, your direction always determines your destination, and your disciplines will launch you in the right direction.
Read: Discipline #1 is to establish the habit of reading. Leaders are readers. If I could choose only one habit to pursue growth it would be to develop a love for books. I use to despise reading, however over time and maturity that changed. I often meet people who say they hate to read. Rarely are they living up to their potential…often unimpressive. Reading requires focus, discipline, and commitment. However the payoff is huge. Books expose us to ideas, and stretch our thinking. If you want to jump start your leadership growth, spend at least 30 minutes a day reading.
Think: The best leaders influence the thoughts of the cultures they lead. In fact, they create those cultures. This is done either accidentally, with little thought, or strategically, with careful intentional focused thought. The question is, what kind of culture do you want to create? How much time do you give to thinking about a preferred future and mapping out a plan to communicate your vision. Carve out margin in your schedule to get away and just think.
Write: Growing leaders capture their thinking through writing. If you never write, you are limiting your opportunity for influence, as well as your growth. However again, it takes discipline. I cannot begin to tell you how hard it is to make myself write this blog every week. Rarely does it come easily. Yet by the end of each week I start typing out my thoughts. Whether anyone reads my thoughts or not is not the main focus, but the process of writing is helping me to grow. It will for you too.
Dream: One of the definitions of the verb dream is to, “Contemplate the possibility of doing something.” I love the idea of actually doing something with my life. To make a difference. To impact others. Many people dream of doing nothing. What a waste. If you want to grow your team, department, organization or business, the best place to start might be with a dream to do something. Something meaningful. Something impactful. Something that will inspire you and call out your best. If you commit strategic time to dreaming it will ensure you’ll increase your capacity to get things done. If you’re going to dream – then dream big!
Set a goal, read, think, write, and dream. Five personal disciplines that will pave the path to your leadership growth. Because everything rises and falls on leadership.
Have a great week!
What is the best book you have read in the past three months?