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We have discussed 2 steps of becoming a great leader: “Who Am I,” and “Who Do I Want to Be”. The third step I want to discuss in this series is “Develop the Skills Needed.”

There are many ways to develop your skills on your journey, let’s touch on number three.

  1. Aligning Priorities is a critical skill that must be practiced. We all only have a certain number of days to live and make a difference. We all have the same 24 hours, yet some seem to get a lot more out of their day than others. Develop a plan for tracking your time and events whether through Outlook, planners, smart phones or other electronic gadgets that can help organize your day in small chunks and put ACTION behind those plans. Most importantly, be consistent day in and day out.
  2. Find a mentor! When you find the very best version of you like we discussed in the first step, look for like-minded people that may have paved the road before you and ask for some advice and guidance. They usually have some skills they will pass on to you that they picked up along the way which can make your journey a little better. Develop a strong relationship with them and learn as much as you can.
  3. Make a commitment to intentionally grow. Pick up skills from reading books, meeting people, and investing in yourself to become better than you are today. Attend conferences, workshops, and focus group meetings that align with your strengths. Take notes and practice, practice, practice. The skills you gain are best when you sharpen them and make them your own.

This list is by no means all encompassing, but when you Know Who You Are, determine Who You Want to Be and Develop the Skills Needed… YOU CAN BECOME A GREAT LEADER. 

Thanks for spending a Moment with Michael.