Many times when we think of leadership, we think of a person. True leadership should move through someone, not be someone. True leadership teaches and mentors so that others may lead. It empowers others so that it may multiply it’s efforts. That is the real goal of this blog: to equip you with the mentorship of some of the greatest leadership minds available to us. This is why I make it a commitment to myself to read a leadership book a week for a year. You may have heard the saying, “Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”¹ When I commit to reading a book a week I make some of the most influential leaders and self development authors such as John C. Maxwell, Abraham Lincoln, Jim Collins, and Brené Brown among many others my counsel.
It’s not a matter of trying to look smart. It’s not a matter of setting a goal like running a marathon. I know that if I read a book a week for a year that my perspective on things will change. I will gain wisdom and ideas that I could have never had otherwise. And not only do I want to read a book a week, but I want to encourage others to do so as well. I get it, this challenge is not for everybody. But then again, leadership isn’t for everybody. A book a week is definitely a challenge. I wouldn’t expect this major change in myself and others to come any other way but through a challenge. Challenges are what mold us and make us who we are.
Something I’ve been wanting to talk about for a while is the process for leadership that’s outlined by John C. Maxwell in his book Intentional Living.
John C. Maxwell’s process that he developed to continually grow his leadership²
- Model – I do it. Before I try to teach someone else, I work to become good at it so that I know what I’m doing.
- Mentor – I do it and you watch. Learning begins when I show someone how to do what I do. I learned in Lancaster never to work alone. No matter what task I was doing, I always tried to take with me someone who wanted to learn.
- Monitor – You do it and I watch. Nobody learns how to do something well on the first try. People need to be coached. When others do the task and I’m there to watch, I can help them troubleshoot problems and improve.
- Motivate – You do it. I always try to hand off tasks as soon as possible and encourage the people I’ve trained. I become their biggest cheerleader.
- Multiply – You do it and someone else is with you. This is the final step. I don’t want the equipping cycle to end with me. I want it to continue. When I train someone to do something, I want them to turn around and train someone else, just as I did them.
It’s not enough for me to read a book a week, blog about it and you read the blog. I hope to encourage you to read as well. Summaries are nice, but then you miss the stories that stick with you and the real grit of the books. One of the ways that I make myself stay on track is by making sure that I always start a new book every Wednesday. This reinforces to myself that I’m reading a book a week. Another thing I do is to take notes so that I can make sure to go back over it and use it in my everyday work.
My motivation is not what you think it might be. This is not the moment I tell you that I am in an mlm or am selling you some course. My motivation when I wake up everyday is the lack of leadership I see on the news and in politics and the hope that inspires me that we may be more. I know I have to start with me. Won’t you join me?
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