John Maxwell wrote an excellent leadership book called The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership. In the book, John discusses The Law of the Lid. He says that there is a lid on my organization and my future, and that lid is me. I am the problem with my company and you are the problem with your company. Your education, character, capacity, ability, and vision are limiting your company. If you want to know what is holding back your dreams from becoming reality, go look in the mirror!
For the most part, leaders are not born. They develop over time. Sometimes that development takes place over a painfully slow and protracted period of time. I know — I’ve lived it. There is an old story about a conversation that took place between an old, seasoned leader and a young, wanna be leader. The young wanna be asks the seasoned leader how he makes good decisions. The older leader says, “By using good judgement.” The young wanna be presses him and asks how he learned good judgement. The old leader says, “Experience.” “And how did you get experience?”, asks the young leader. The older leader stares out the window and says, quietly and simply, “Bad judgement.”
Leaders develop, they don’t just happen. Being an effective leader, in your business and in life, starts with accepting responsibility for you. If my company is not meeting it’s goals and performing the way I want it to, the problem is me. The problem with your business is not the economy, it is not the lack of opportunity, and it is not your team. The problem is you. That is the bad news. The good news is that, if you are the problem, you are also the solution. You are the one person in your company who can change. You can change faster and more easily than anyone else in your business, and that change can and will propel your business in new directions. You can change your abilities, your character, your education, and your capacity. You, and you alone, can decide who you want to be and then take action toward becoming that person.
The question is, “Will you? Will you accept the challenge to take responsibility for becoming the leader that your business and employees need and deserve?” Only you can answer that question. The person driving your life and your business is either a captain or he’s not. You get to decide what you are — starting now!