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When I was 19 years old, I read my first book on leadership, Be a People Person by John Maxwell. I devoured that book. Today, 15 years later, I am convinced that leadership is crucial if we are going to reach our goals and live out our dreams.
Why? Because if you have big dreams, you will not be able to accomplish them by yourself. You will need other people.
1. Realize that you are a leader
Leadership, at its core, is about influencing others. It is not about titles. All of us, in one way or another, influence other people. Once you come to the realization that you are a leader, then you can take responsibility for your leadership.
2. Start with yourself
Once you realize that you are a leader, start leading. Begin with yourself. Great leaders lead by example.
3. Learn more about leadership
Learning about leadership will help you grow as a leader. Here is were I would start:
7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
The 7 Habits will help you to lead yourself and begin to work with others.
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell
The 21 Laws will give you a great primer on leadership by a great teacher.
4. Seek out a mentor
Another way to learn about leadership is to ask someone to mentor you.
You can be mentored through books, audio & video programs, and other resources.
But having a leader who is further along on his or her leadership journey and is able to encourage you and speak specifically to you right where you are at will add another dimension to your development.
How do you get someone to mentor you? Ask. It’s that simple.
5. Pursue new opportunities
The best way to learn leadership is to lead. By pursuing new opportunities you can gain experience and become a better leader.
You can do this through volunteering outside of work, taking on new projects at work, or pursuing other opportunities to take on new responsibilities.
Whatever you do, if you want to be a better leader, do something. And start today!
What are some other ways people can grow as leaders?