- Leaders require seasoning to be effective. If you continually invest in your leadership development, the inevitable is growth over time.
- The relationship between growth and leadership: It’s the capacity to develop and improve one’s skills that distinguishes leaders from their followers.
- Successful leaders are learners. And the learning process is ongoing, a result of self-discipline and perseverance.
- The Phases of Leadership Growth
Phase 1: I Don’t Know What I Don’t Know – few think of themselves as leaders and as long as a person doesn’t know the importance of leadership he isn’t going to grow. D1
Phase 2: I Know That I Need to Know – at some point we discover we need to learn how to lead. D2
Phase 3: I Know What I Don’t Know – if we don’t get better at leadership, our careers will eventually get bogged down. In this phase you develop a plan for personal growth on areas you need improvement. D2
Phase 4: I Know and Grow and It Starts to Show – when you recognize your lack of skill and begin the daily discipline of personal growth, exciting things start to happen. You start becoming an effective leader but you have to think about every move you make. D3
Phase 5: I Simply Go Because of What I Know – your ability to lead becomes almost automatic. You develop great instincts which results in incredible payoffs. But the only way to get there is to obey the Law of Process and pay the price. D4
- Benjamin Disraeli asserted, “The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his time when it comes.”
- There is an old saying: champions don’t become champions in the ring – they are merely recognized there. That’s true. If you want to see where someone develops into a champion, look at his daily routine.