“If you want to be a leader, the good news is that you can do it. Everyone has the potential, but it isn’t accomplished overnight. It requires perseverance. And you absolutely cannot ignore that becoming a leader is a process. Leadership doesn’t develop in a day. It takes a lifetime.”
To Lead Tomorrow, Learn Today
Leadership is developed daily, not in a day – that is reality. The good news is that your leadership ability is not static. No matter where you’re starting from, you can get better. That’s true even for people who have stood on the world stage of leadership. While most presidents of the Untied States reach their peak while in office, others continue to grow and become better leaders afterward. Some people may question their ability to lead but it can’t be denied that their level of influence has continually increased. Their high integrity and dedication in serving people through their works with many organizations have made their influence grow. People are impressed with their lives now more than before.
Fighting Your Way Up
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. Former heavyweight champ Joe Frazier stated, “You can map out a fight plan or a life plan. But when the action starts, you’re down to your reflexes. That’s where your road works shows. If you cheated on that in the dark of the morning of the morning, you’re getting found out now under the bright lights.” Boxing is a good analogy of leadership development because it is all about daily preparation. Even if a person has natural talent, he has to prepare and train to become successful.
One of this country’s greatest leaders was a fan of boxing: President Theodore Roosevelt. In fact, one of his most famous quotes uses a boxing analogy:
“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know nether victory nor defeat.”
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No Overnight Success
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If you want to be a leader, the good news is that you can do it. Everyone has the potential, but it isn’t accomplished overnight. It requires perseverance. And you absolutely cannot ignore that becoming a leader is a process. Leadership doesn’t develop in a day. It takes a lifetime.
He [Jesus] sat down, and called the twelve; and he said to them, “If any man wants to be first, he shall be last of all, and servant of all.” (Mark 9:35)