Leadership develops daily, not in a day.
Most people are aware of the Compound Effect. We can’t expect to double our money overnight, but, carefully invested the returns compound over days, weeks, months and years to reap large positive returns.
Leadership is the same – there are no successful day traders in leadership development. The inevitable result of investing daily in your leadership is growth over time.
Leadership is complicated – there are so many parts to becoming an outstanding leader (gaining respect and influence, emotional strength; discipline; momentum) that leaders require maturity and seasoning to become really effective.
John Maxwell writes that there are five phases:
- I don’t know what I don’t know. As long as a person does not know what he doesn’t know, he isn’t going to grow.
- I know that I need to know. This is often a “wake up and smell the coffee” moment.
- I know what I don’t know.
- I know and grow and it starts to show
- I simply go because of what I know.
You cannot short cut these phases. You have to obey the Law of Process and pay the price. Benjamin Disraeli asserted that “the secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his time when it comes”.
How long are you willing to practice? Are you willing to make mistakes and learn from them? Leadership is not made in a day. Compound it; follow the process!