Wednesday, October 28, 2009

You're not a Great Leader, but You Could be

Many people want to be leaders and world changers. Entire libraries of books exist on the subject and people like Zig Ziglar and Stephen Covey have made great livings helping others become effective leaders.

If you want to be a great leader there are many things you could do, but without a doubt, there is one thing you must do to move beyond normal. It stands to reason that if you cannot manage yourself you’ll never be a great leader. To that end I see a lot of people reading books, attending seminars and getting personal coaching to help them become better leaders. However, you must first learn to manage yourself.

Managing yourself is about having priorities and doing the right things. For instance, if you want to lead a team of people in your office you must earn respect from those around you. If projects need to get done on time but you’re constantly arriving late to the office there’s a problem.

It’s also about living a balanced life. If your career track is going well but your family is suffering you’re not managing very well. Other people may not see this happening so you might get promoted, but you probably won’t last long in the position.

If you want a promotion, seek to be a leader. Become a leader by managing yourself and soon people will notice.

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