As we move into October, are you reaping the 2022 harvest? I’m not referring to a harvest of pumpkins, corn, apples, or other fruits and vegetables. I’m writing about the personal harvest. What have you done to personally grow and develop yourself over the last nine months? Did you start 2022 with the intention to challenge yourself and stretch your limitations? Did you commit to reading more on leadership? Did you register for any classes or seminars?
Intentions are great, but unless they translate into actions, intentions are nothing more than empty promises we make to ourselves and brag about to others. If you are working on your development, that is great, and I encourage you to not slack off. If you have not done anything to grow your leadership skills and abilities, then do not wait until January 1, 2023, to start. We are in the last quarter of the year, and there are three months remaining to plan, engage, act, and work on the art of leadership.
Map the route
In my book The Furnace of Leadership Development, I wrote, “In order to develop as leaders, we must map the route and not rely on someone else to drive us to the destination. You must put forth the time and effort to design a realistic plan.” That is right: you must do it yourself. Moving beyond intention means having a bias for action and taking the initiative on your own without having someone else telling you to get your rear in gear.
As leaders, if we do not have a plan to develop ourselves, then we resemble a steel ball inside a pinball machine. Bouncing off the bumpers and making a lot of noise but showing little progress for the effort. Have you created a leadership development plan? Do you know how to create a plan? Discover what Denver leadership programs I offer to set you on the right path and do not procrastinate. Reach out to me at email@example.com and visit my website at www.impactusleadership.com.