Thursday, January 14, 2010

You First!

"The minute you get away from fundamentals – whether its proper technique, work ethic or mental preparation – the bottom can fall out of your game, your schoolwork, your job, whatever you’re doing."
— Michael Jordan

An often overlooked component in the leadership equation is the principle of self mastery.

This is when the "leader" takes the time to focus on themselves and has a clear identity of who they are, where they want to go and how they intend on getting there.

Leaders can only expect to be effective once they've demonstrated the ability to lead and manage themselves first.

On the next episode of HCL Radio, I'll be joined by long time leadership expert, Timothy Clark who discusses the principle of self mastery.

Listen to Tim here.

In his latest book, "The Leadership Test", Tim outlines five areas to help you know why you want to be a leader.

They are:

1. Fill your pack- are you willing to take on not only your load, but more than your share?

2. Sign your name- are you really willing to take responsibility for others?

3. Share the stage- are you willing to share the credit?

4. Take the oath- what’s your mission and what exactly are you signing on for? Do you have a commitment to honesty and integrity?

5. Pour your cup- can you take what you have and pour it into the lives of others? Mentoring and coaching is critical to leadership.

Tune in to HCL Radio - Where developing leaders is more than just a game!

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