Its easy to think about other people – what they need, what they should do, how they could make things better. The reality is that the best way for me to change anything is to start by changing me.
In November 2000 I was given a book by one of the greatest leaders I had the privilege to know that to this day remains the best I’ve ever read on the subject of leadership (I must have given about 20 copies away since, and just ordered a few more again this morning):
“The 21 Indispensible Qualities of a Leader” by John C. Maxwell.
Its 21 qualities that I should seek to develop in myself – not techniques to impress people, oratory skills to dazzle them or man-management clichés – people can see right through that stuff. People want to follow those who genuinely care about them, who tell them the truth, who display genuine courage and sacrificial leadership. They want passion, vision, generosity and understanding, to name but a few. Anyway its a great book, well worth getting hold of.
If you read it and like it, it contains exactly the kind of things that are developed, honed and cemented as ongoing habits through our Personal Leadership programs – it really does start with you!