Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.
—Jim Rohn, Author, motivational speaker

Hopefully as a leader you are committed to being a continual learner.  You’ve grown over the years and are in a leadership role but what does that mean? There are numerous ways to define Leadership.  Part of what PeopleTek promotes is:

We believe everyone is a leader, regardless of title or reporting structures since we all have the ability to INFLUENCE others.

Strong and effective Leaders take others where they’ve never gone before and wouldn’t go by themselves.

And, we also believe effective leaders are continual learners.

Author and motivational speaker Jim Rohn shares the need to commit to self-development and identifies 7 “must have” leadership traits:

  1. Learn to be strong but not impolite
  2. Learn to be kind but not weak
  3. Learn to be bold but not a bully
  4. Learn to be humble but not timid
  5. Learn to be proud but not arrogant
  6. Learn to develop humor without folly
  7. Learn to deal in realities

What were your thoughts when you read through the list? How many have you mastered?  Which could you further develop?

Did any names come to mind (colleagues/clients/bosses) where you thought these traits were either consistently displayed or severely lacking?

It’s the beginning of a new year and the perfect time to establish goals and commit to self development.  A simple start is to pick two areas:
– A strength you already have (how can it be further
– An “opportunity” to strengthen (which from the list
left you feeling uneasy?)

Are you still learning? Be a life-long learner!  Having the desire to continually grow your wisdom, knowledge and skill-set prevents stagnation and increases the likelihood of success.

Learning is not a one-time event or a periodic luxury. Great leaders in great companies recognize that the ability to constantly learn, innovate, and improve is vital to their success. – Amy Edmondson