Leaders are made, not born. They are constantly trying to figure out new ways to improve themselves and those around them. Leadership requires continual growth and this week we’ll take a look at five keys for growth and success in coaching and leadership.
First, you must love what you do. Everything worthwhile in life is difficult. There is no doubt that you are going to encounter obstacles. However, the love of the game or business you’re in will pull you through. You got into your profession because you have something of value to offer. Go back to the love that got you into it. If you don’t love what you, you’re not a leader and you should probably look for a different career.
Secondly, be a mirror. Let your attitude and energy reflect back on your players and co-workers. Others look up to you, more than you know. Your attitude and energy are critical, as they set the tone for everyone else. When I reflect back on our practices, I know that our best ones are the ones where I am energetic and have a great attitude. Before practice or a meeting, you must take a few minutes to collect your thoughts and get into the right mental state so you can lead with energy.
As I just alluded to, spend time alone each day. It doesn’t matter when, but do it. Get away from the computer, phone, radio, and other people. Reflect on the goals you have for the day and how you will accomplish them. It’s refreshing to get away from the hectic schedule and clear your mind. Think about how you can best serve those you lead and you will feel re-charged. It’s difficult, but make a point to do this every day.
If you really want to grow, get up early. Waking up early isn’t fun. It requires discipline and drive. I started this over a year and a half ago–waking up at 5:30 am to put in a half of work. That moved to 5:00 am, and now I get up at 4:30 am Monday through Friday. Your best work is done in the morning, away from everyone else and all the clutter that comes at work. During this time I read, research, reflect, plan, scout, and write. Since I’ve been getting up early, I have had several opportunities come my way that wouldn’t have had I continued with my previous schedule. The world’s elite and successful know this to be true. They get up before dawn and put in work.
A final tip is to compare yourself to someone who is similar to you. You’ll be surprised to find out that you’re doing ok. We all have a bad habit of using too much negative self-talk, when we need just the opposite. At the same time, know that someone, somewhere is ahead of you. Don’t let it be a detriment to you, but rather use it as motivation. It’s refreshing to know that you are doing well for your age and career but you also need an edge. Look to the most successful and use it to fuel your drive. You have talent and ability that no one else has, so use it!
We all can be leaders, no matter what line of work we’re in. These five applicable steps will help you continue to grow as a leader. Growth never stops for leaders. Do something every day to help someone else. Leadership requires service.
How do you achieve growth as a leader? What are some methods or steps you’d like to share that are successful?
As always, thanks for reading, have a great week and be an RGP today!