Leadership Requires Daily Development
On a daily basis we are bombarded with messages, social media, emails, text messages; as a result; information overload! So how do you keep on top of these things? How can you do your best to stay on track and keep up to date with all the technological advancements but more so live life proactively rather than reactively?
I remember when I went to the university to study marketing, public relations and sales, the majority of the content that I studied 15 years ago is not even relevant today, because at that time social media wasn’t even around.
Social media has changed the way we communicate. Now what does that mean for you as a leader? If you are leading an organization or a company, then you need to stay on top of the things that are happening. This is why one of the things I love using is the CANI model- Constant And Never-Ending Improvement.
Personal development is like taking a shower, its not enough to just do it once- you want to do this daily. One habit that I practice daily is reading 15-20 pages from an empowering book, whether that is a biography, a leadership book or something on success. Additionally I listen to an hour of various audios on the skills I want to improve on. If you are struggling on what to read here’s my personal top 5 books on Leadership:
How to Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie
The Art of War - Sun Tzu
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership - John C Maxwell
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
Start with Why - Simon Sinek
One quote that I choose to live by is one of the greatest philosophers Socrates: “All that I know is that I know nothing.” Socrates was a famous Greek Philosopher and is the Father of Western philosophy. If Socrates, the greatest philosopher of all times, believed that he knew nothing, and always yearned for new learning and open for new information, then shouldn't’ we as LEADERS take example from that and keep learning and developing ourselves?
Then by developing ourselves we can also be the example for our organization to keep developing themselves and thus elevate our company or organization.
It is very easy to get caught up in your goals and desired end-outcomes...to the point of becoming overwhelmed. CANI offers a solution and a point of reference to focus your attention on. If all you did was improve one tiny aspect of your life every single day, you would achieve mastery in uncommon time.