This is a guest post by Marc Millan. He is a worship pastor and fellow blogger, you can read his blog here. If you want to guest post on this blog please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
John Maxwell says “everything rises and falls with leadership”. If you look organizations across the globe, regardless of time it’s pretty easy to see the difference in most organizations, it lies with a leader. How do we go “from good to great” like Jim Collins wrote? There are a few steps I believe make the biggest difference in leadership and it has to do with growth. If you are hitting a wall and seem to be stuck, you can remove this leadership lid with a few disciplined habits.
1. Read regularly- Reading books always allows you to receive fresh insight but it also keeps you sharp because it will lead to development and new concepts. You should read on topics that relate to your leadership function and also from different perspectives, this way your thinking is always stretched.
2. Get feedback- Have one or two people evaluate your progress and execution, this ensures that you aren’t convincing yourself of something that isn’t noticeable. We have a tendency to think we are more successful than we really are, getting regular feedback breaks that habit and allows for truth to keep us moving forward.
3. Remain humble- You will benefit from humility far more than pride because humility tells us we are not perfect. Remaining humble allows you to pursue growth and truth from anyone who is willing to give it, in doing so you will find yourself learning constantly. Having an open mind and teachable spirit through humility allows for other’s to pour into you and remain an open book for potential growth.
The combination of these three steps will allow you always to move forward, avoid pitfalls and detours but it takes discipline, takes commitment and purpose. If you continue to stick with a personal growth plan you will never get stuck and will remove the lid permanently.
Question: What other ways can we remove the leadership lid?