As I train for my first marathon (the 2012 Marine Corps Marathon) I realize that there are so many things to learn from the training that apply to leadership. Here are my top 5 picks:
So what leadership trait out of the ones above can you put into practice to make you a stronger leader? How can you push the envelope to reach the goals you have in mind?
“Commitment separates doers from dreamers.” John Maxwell
Are you someone who has had a vision or thought, but never followed through on it? Are you someone who has taken some steps towards your vision, but stops when the going gets tough? Or are you someone who perseveres and commits to a vision and sees it through even in the toughest of circumstances?
A true leader is one who commits 100% to his vision and his values knowing that conviction is the only thing that will inspire his own potential and that of others who follow him.
John Maxwell, in “The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader” says that the three traits below are the ones which are part of committed leader:
-Commitment starts with heart - having a passion and true love for whatever you want to achieve. If you have true heart it will take you through the hard times.
-Commitment is tested by actions - It is one thing to say you have a vision, it is another to put in the effort day to day when you may not be seeing the results yet.
-Commitment opens the door to achievement - it is only when you keep getting up after being knocked down that you can truly reach your goal and make a difference.
I believe that commitment is such an important cornerstone for a leader. It truly distinguishes the people who truly are devoted to what it is that they do and those who are dabblers. Dabblers keep jumping from thing to another and never go deep in anything. True leaders go deep in one or two things and make an incredible difference there. Commitment is that willingness to go deep in what it is that you are passionate about.
What are you willing to commit to? Are you taking the necessary actions to commit to those goals? Are you getting up even if you are knocked down in order to achieve true leadership?
Monica Thakrar has over 18 years experience in business focused mainly on strategy, change management, leadership development, training and coaching resulting in successful implementations of large scale transformation programs.