You don’t climb mountains without a team, you don’t climb mountains without being fit, you don’t climb mountains without being prepared and you don’t climb mountains without balancing the risks and rewards. And you never climb a mountain on accident – it has to be intentional.
Being intentional is the place to start, I believe, if you want to develop as a leader.
Put simply – leadership is the ability to move a group of people, employees, volunteers from the current reality to a desired new reality through the work of the direction and purpose of a leader. (Thanks to Bill Hybels for the simplicity of this). To get to the desired reality for the team (ie There), there has to be a plan and purpose to move away from the current reality. This purposeful nature, this planning can just as easily be applied to your own life.
To apply this to your own life, means to understand your current reality and desired reality, and motivate and move and move the most important person you will lead as a leader to this decision, you. Moving intentionally to becoming a leader through reading biographies and educating yourself of those great leaders who have gone before is a great place to start. Subscribing to blogs to enable email reminders of leadership tips will also help greatly.
The vital understanding here is to know your current reality. To really see what sort of leader are you, if one at all. This gives you a base line from which to start.
I don’t believe there is any leader out there who believes they have arrived as a leader. There will always be things to learn and develop, not only for yourself, but for the benefit of those you are leading. So take heart, know your current reality and move intentionally to your leadership goal.
If you would like to read further here is a helpful book on the importance of living intentionally.
Life: Living Intentionally for Excellence