You CAN’T Lead others…….TILL you Lead YOURSELF

08 Jul

What have you done to lead yourself these days???

Have you read any books??

Gone to any seminars??

Listened to an audio presentation??

Too many times we take what we have learned years ago and continue to apply it to today’s world.

That philosophy…… is simply not going to work.

Take a look around. We are living in an age where change happens so fast that we sometimes don’t even notice it. The age of technology is moving at warp speed.

If you are trying to run your life today based on what you learned years ago……you are behind the times.

Think about it, as little as 10 years ago, the newspaper was still the best advertising medium……NOW??…..well the newspaper is nearly obsolete.

And Television??? I still remember when we only had 4 stations to choose from.

Then we got cable TV and now??……Satellite TV gives you about 1000 options.

How about radio?? We now have satellite radio that can give you the traffic conditions of a place 3000 miles away, if you care to know….

The point is….. Too many people and leaders go on through life with the same skill sets that they learned many years ago. They don’t take the time to “update” their own personal profile.

In order to lead others, you need to lead yourself.

We are living in the information age……and there is SOOO much information out there!

There are literally hundreds of websites that can give you insights on nearly any subject imaginable. From leadership to success to motivation and many, many more….

I believe in taking an hour….an entire hour every day and reading something or watch something or listen to something that is going to make me a better leader and a better person.

What if you just took 15 minutes a day…. 4 times a week???

C’mon…..I know you have 15 minutes to spare in the day. Either in the car or in front of the TV or in front of the computer…

That would add up to an hour a week and 52 hours in a year.

52 hours……. of advancing your life??

It’s a discipline, but one discipline that you must do in order to lead yourself to the next level. It is the only way you are going to be able to lead others to that next level…

This is a discipline that you MUST pass on to those you lead.

Your job as a leader is to constantly improve those around you. If you are not improving yourself everyday, how can you expect others that you lead to do so??

You need to be able to look at the people that you lead and say this:

We will train you and invest in your development… but we also expect you to invest in yourself.

In fact, if you don’t invest in yourself… why should anyone else?

These are words to live by………….

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