John Maxwell, in his book, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, said:

We teach what we know — We reproduce what we are.

When we start something, most of the time it starts with just us, but then as things grow, we may need others to come along side of us as our dream grows. If we start a club, business, church, organization etc. It will eventually need more than one leader. In order to mentor other people and help them become better leaders, you must first become a better leader yourself. To paraphrase Gandhi, YOU must be the leader you want to see in this world. Leaders come in all sizes, shapes, and personality types, but you will be the leader of your organization. Simply because you are in that position, you will attract leaders who are like you. That can be good and bad. If you don’t purposefully set out to find people who have strengths where you have weakness, you could end up with a whole bunch of people who excel in your strength areas, but who also a whole organization that is weak in your weakness areas. Here are some very specific things you can do to become a better leader.

  • Find a mentor.
  • Read great books on leadership. (Part of my reading list from last year.)
  • Attend a leadership conference. (Here is one.) (Here is a huge one!)
  • Take time each week to focus on one skill that will make you a better leader. (Maybe your public speaking needs work, or your personal communication, writing better e-mails, etc.)
  • If you aren’t a leader yet, volunteer to do something in your world. Not all leaders are CEOs of Fortune 500 companies. Some are Cub Scout leaders, Sunday School teachers, Soup Kitchen coordinators…The pay isn’t much, but it can build your leadership skill set and you will gain one of the great intangibles in life from it. You will be helping others!

In order to mentor others into being great leaders, you must first become one. Have fun learning to be the leader you want to see in the world!



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