As a speaker, I think of myself less as a teacher than I do a student. Every time I speak I’m just giving a book report. But I’m always reading, watching and asking questions. It really makes a difference for me not only as a speaker, but as an ambitious person. I’ve learned that leadership is a dynamic process. The best leaders actively seek self-improvement because they know personal power isn’t permanent. Like the cliché says, “If you snooze, you lose.”
Fortunately, it doesn’t take much to keep you on top of your game. I recommend devoting 15 minutes a day to your leadership development. If you do that on a regular basis, I’ll guarantee you’ll feel significant growth. You can do this by:
• Watching motivational videos and listen to tapes
• Reading motivational books
• Checking out self-improvement web sites
• Attend classes and conferences
• Starting leadership discussion groups
• Subscribing to a leadership newsletters
• Watch people and journal about your observations
• Watch YOURSELF and journal about your observations
When we exercise our bodies we become physically stronger. Actively develop your leadership skills and you will be surprised by the power and influence you will quickly acquire.
For tips on how to set yourself up for success, check out the Jump Start Leadership Workbooks or The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.
For great motivation, check out the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.