I know (I really do) that you’re busy. I am. You are. Everyone you ask is. Busy is the new norm for everyone it seems. Endless meetings, conference calls, travel, emails, problem solving, checklists … the list goes on and on with no end in sight for most.
But, ask yourself; are you busy doing the right things? Are you busy doing things that add value to the lives of others?
If you’re reading this, you’re a leader. You may run the company. You may be an ambassador on the front lines. Regardless, you are a leader.
Leadership is about being of service to others. It’s about adding value to their lives in a way that allows them to add even more value to others.
But here’s the thing: We can only add real value to our people if we are learning and growing ourselves.
If you’re too busy to listen to a podcast, read a book or attend a seminar on leadership, then how can you add value to your people every day?
I’ve personally fallen into the busy trap. I used to pride myself on always having 3 business books on the go and attending every conference I could. Then ‘busy’ got in the way and I found myself hanging my hat on ideas and skills I learned years ago. So, I finally got out of my busy trap. I just came back from the amazing John Maxwell conference in Orlando. Three amazing days that gave me new insights, new tools and new skills. All of which I can now use to add value to the lives of the clients we serve. And that’s just the beginning. I intend to continue to invest in my own growth … so that I can help others grow.
Leaders need to make time for growth. Afterall, we have a responsibility to the people we serve.
If you’re too busy for personal growth, then how can you stand behind your commitment that you value your people?