The Law of Process

The third law of the The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership is The Law of Process:

“Leadership Develops Daily, Not in a Day”

Although it’s true that some people are born with greater natural gifts than others, the ability to lead is really a collection of skills, nearly all of which can be learned and improved. But that process doesn’t happen overnight. Leadership is complicated. It has many facets: respect, experience, emotional strength, people skills, discipline, vision, momentum, timing—the list goes on. As you can see, many factors that come into play in leadership are intangible. That’s why leaders require so much seasoning to be effective.

Leaders are learners. It is the capacity to develop and improve their skills that distinguishes leaders from their followers. Successful leaders are learners, and the learning process is ongoing, a result of self-discipline and perseverance. The goal each day must be to get a little better, to build on the previous day’s progress.

Leadership is developed daily, not in a day. The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his time when it comes. What a person does on a disciplined, consistent basis gets him ready, no matter what the goal. Basketball legend Larry Bird became an outstanding free-throw shooter by practicing five hundred shots each morning before he went to school. The same dedication is required for you to become a great leader.

The good news is that your leadership ability is not static. No matter where you’re starting from, you can get better. There is an old saying: “Champions don’t become champions in the ring, they are merely recognized there.” That’s true. If you want to see where someone develops into a champion, look at his daily routine.

Summing-up: Leaders require seasoning to be effective. If you continually invest in your leadership development, the inevitable is growth over time.

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