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How Will You Grow?

As you seek to learn and grow as a leader, let me give you some advice about improve urselfhow to approach the process. After more than three decades of dedi­cated, continual effort to learn and grow, I offer the following suggestions:

Invest in Yourself First

Most leaders want to grow their business or organization. What is the thing more than any other that will determine the growth of that organization? The growth of the people in the organization. And what determines the people’s growth? The growth of the leader! As long as people are following you, they will be able to go only as far as you go. If you’re not growing, they won’t be growing either that or they will leave and go somewhere else where they can grow.

Investing in yourself first may look selfish to some of the people around you. They may even criticize you for it. But if they do, they don’t really understand how growth works. When airline  flight attendants explaining emergency procedures tell passengers to put their own oxygen mask on first before putting masks on their children, is that instruction selfish? Of course not! The children’s safety and well-being is dependent upon their parent being able to help them. As a leader, you are responsible for your people. They are depending on you! If you’re in no shape to lead well, where does that leave them?
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Leadership Vision And Fantasy

One of the pitfalls that can stop potential leaders is the desire to focus onresponsibility vision to the detriment of facing reality. But good leaders are both visionary and realistic.  The Law of the Scoreboard in from John C. Maxwell book The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork states, “The team can make adjustments when it knows where it stands.” In other words, reality is the foundation positive change. If you don’t face reality, then you will not be able to make necessary changes.

Bill Easum, president and senior managing partner in Easum, Bandy and Associates asserts, “Realistic leaders are objective enough to minimize illusions. They understand that self-deception can cost them their vision.” That was true for me. My high belief in people and my desire to protect people I loved got in the way of facing the truth—and being honest with them when their performance was hurting the company.

If you are optimistic, and you naturally encourage people, as do, then you may need to take extra care to look reality in the eye and keel’ yourself grounded. Continually cast a realistic eye on

• The Situation—it is often worse than you think.

• The Process—it usually takes longer than you think. • The Price—it always costs more than you think.

If you lack realism today, then you may lack credibility with others tomorrow. As people says, “Facing current reality is o: nasty, but necessary.”

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We All Experience More Than We Understand

Baseball player Earl Wilson, the first black pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, experience understandquipped, “Experience enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.” Let’s face it: we’re going to make mistakes. Too much hap­pens to us in life for us to be able to understand all of it. Our experience overwhelms our understanding. And no matter how smart we are, our understanding will never catch up with our experience.

So what is a person to do? Make the most of what we can understand. Some people do that in two ways. First, at the end of each day they try to remember to ask themselves, “What did I learn today?” That prompts me to “review the page” of my notebook for the day. The second thing they do is take the last week of every year to spend time reviewing the previous twelve months. They reflect on their experiences—successes and failures, goals accomplished and dreams unmet, the relationships that built and the ones that lost. In this way, you will be able try to help close some of the gap between what  is experience and what is understand.
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