You are a leader.
That’s right I’m talking to you.
You may not consider yourself a Leader, but you are. The most important person you lead is someone you know very well (or at least you should).
Leadership is a muscle. When you develop it, it gets stronger. When you don’t it atrophies.
The best leaders know in order to lead others effectively they first have to look in the mirror.
You can only lead others to the extent that you lead yourself.
It’s like a tour guide: you can only take others where you have traveled before.
It starts with your mindset.
Are you self-aware enough to know what your strengths and weaknesses are?
Is your personal “brand” consistent with what others see it as?
Do you invest in your own growth so you can pour into others?
True Leadership starts internally. External behaviors are just an extension of who you are.
Recently I’ve discovered the one thing that burns at the pit of my core: leadership.
I’ve always been hesitant to commit to “one thing” preferring to juggle multiple streams of income like an investment portfolio.
It’s a smart business decision, but it’s also unfocused. It’s rooted in fear.
After reading Taki Moore’s Million Dollar Coach I realized I’ve been doing it wrong all these years as an entrepreneur.
I love meeting with people one-on-one, but if I really want to make an impact programs are where it’s at. More people = more impact.
In the upcoming year I plan to host podcast interviews, network events, half day core intensives and leadership retreats/6 week bootcamps.
Do I know it’s going to be successful? No.
Am I scared it might not meet my expectations? Yes.
But this is what I know: this is at the core of who I am.
I consider myself a very good leader (even possibly great on some days), but what I do best is: develop leaders.
I’ve been doing coaching for over 10 years because I love helping build people up, but if I really want to make an impact I need to scale up (both mindset and output).
I’ve never been afraid to try new things (just look at my LinkedIn profile), but what I’m doing different this time is market research first (not my natural tendency) then building programs based on the needs of those I want to serve.
I admit this a step of faith for me, but my life motto is: I can live with failure. What I can’t live with is regret.
It would be one thing if I was single, but I’m married with two young kids. But life isn’t what happens to you. It’s how you respond to it.
I can honestly say I’ve never felt so strongly before about something and I’ll only know if it’s meant to be if I jump and don’t look back. So that’s what I’m going to do.
No risk. No reward.
So I invite you on this journey with me. No matter where you are in your leadership journey, there’s always room for improvement.
Similar to a workout routine once you plateau you stop seeing results. It’s time to change it up.
Come join me and let’s become stronger leaders together.
Leadership is a muscle. When you train it gets stronger. Building Your Leadership Muscle is about developing stronger leaders.
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