The decision that comes in wanting to be a leader is a beautiful thing. As a leader, you have the capabilities to change many lives and inspire people to rise up to their full potential and be their best selves.
So how does a leader continue to be their best self? Becoming a leader doesn’t mean that you are off the hook of doing the work necessary to continue on your journey to being your best self.
Here are 10 specific ways that you can continue to show up and give your best to the many people you will inspire and help along the way:
1. Become a Thought Solutionist
If you are leading, you didn’t wake up in that position. It took some work, time, and patience to get to where you are today. The number one thing that you had to achieve is for you to learn how to train your thoughts. We all have thoughts that we shouldn’t think. The only way to continue to think positive and to block out the negative is to train your thoughts to think the things that are going to take you where you want to go.
2. Enjoy Life
Believe it or not, as a leader many fail at taking the opportunity to take everything in and enjoy the moments in their lives. This is something that sometimes has to be learned and appreciated. Life is too short not to enjoy it! Enjoying life doesn’t mean to lose control or respect. It simply means that you have the opportunity to not only enjoy why you do the hard work you do, but to also show others what is possible for them.
3. Invest In Your Health
Your health is an element of your life that can make or break you. If your health fails, then everything that you’ve created or are trying to create is in jeopardy. Just as you would need to take the time to take care of your family or business, you need to make sure that you take care of your health so that you can have the opportunity to live long and strong being a leader to the many people that are counting on you.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams
4. Always Have A Mentor Or Coach
If you want to be a good leader and lead a successful and fulfilled life, you are going to have to keep a mentor or coach at hand at ALL times. Leaders need a leader. Mentors or coaches are great investments that can and will help you on the journey to becoming the best you that you can be. They are the ones that will open your eyes to things that you might have missed that will make your life and business better and also hold you accountable for implementing the things that are necessary.
5. Always Be Mentoring or Coaching Someone
Being that you know the value of having a good mentor or coach, it is also a huge benefit to all leaders to be that for someone else. Being able to reach back and pull someone else up is an amazing feeling that helps you keep your gifts and talents fine tuned. Giving back is a great way to show the amazing qualities of leadership first hand.
6. Read Something Everyday
I know that we have all probably heard that reading is fundamental. Reading is a great tool and resource for you to utilize that will keep you current. The last thing that you want to do is be an out of date leader. Your readings don’t always have to come out of a book. There are several ways to fulfill reading each day. You can read articles, quotes, or you can even do an audio book.
7. Never Stop Learning
On your journey, you should always be learning something new. Your talents, gifts, attitude, and grit is what sets you aside from people who are not leaders. Being able to continue to learn how to apply these things in a big way is going to keep you current and help you to help others in the best ways possible.
8. Always Learn Something About Yourself That You Can Be Better In
As leaders, it is very easy to fall into the “I’ve Made It Syndrome”. Yes, it does feel nice to make it to a certain stage in your life but you should never really fully feel like or become comfortable in thinking that you have arrived and there is nothing more for you to improve on. There is ALWAYS something for you to improve on and you have to be proactive at finding it and working on it everyday.
“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter Drucker
9. Get A Taste Of The Globe
Being a leader is a great way for you to show off your expertise and also help many people in the process. It also is a great responsibility that renders you to need to know how to look at the whole picture. In order for you to see the whole picture, you need to learn more about the world that your audience is consuming. Traveling and seeing the world up close and personal is a huge benefit for your leadership abilities.
10. Be Grateful
Being grateful is a unique trait that has the ability to take you to the next level. Showing gratitude is an amazing exercise for you to do on a regular basis that will help you to stay grounded and stay connected to the people who you are leading. It also helps you reflect on how far you’ve come, what it took and the sacrifices that you made to get to where you are.
Being a leader is not something that happens overnight, but it is a journey that is taken throughout the course of a lifetime. If you don’t continue to fine tune your leadership qualities and abilities, you might end up losing them.