We are all leaders. At some point in our lives we have influenced others or we will influence others. Our influence may be at work, at home, in church, on the basketball team or a variety of other places.
As leaders, we need to treat leadership just as we would any sport or hobby we want to develop. What we do each day to improve our leadership skills prepares us for the tough leadership decisions of tomorrow and allows us to be leaders of significance.
Basketball legend Larry Bird became an outstanding free-throw shooter by practicing 500 shots each morning before he went to school.
A friend of mine is a triathlete and gets a lot of recognition on race day. However, few people know that he gets up to train at four in the morning. By the time most people get to work he has already put in almost half a workday just to improve his skills.
Champions don’t become champions in a single big game – they are merely recognized there. Likewise, leaders don’t become leaders in critical times – they are merely recognized there. Good leaders prepare all their lives for the big game.
In chapter 3 of the book of Colossians we are told, Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. As leaders this applies to developing our leadership skills.
You have others watching how you lead and you are influencing their decisions. Take time each day to improve your leadership skills. Sometimes we only get one chance to influence someone. So, always improve your skills, be ready, and lead!