There’s an opportunity for all leaders to make a difference. If you’ve been placed in a leadership position, you’ve been given the chance to make an impact in the lives of other people. But what separates the leaders who just fill the role from the leaders who make a lasting difference in the lives of the people they lead?
I believe the difference comes down to one decision, that is the decision to be intentional about investing in others.
There will be times as a leader when you don’t feel like investing in other people. There will be seasons when you’re so consumed thinking about what’s next for your organization that you will want to isolate yourself from everyone else. There will be days where it’s easier to keep going about your own concerns than it is to stop and chat with a coworker. When those times occur, the only thing that ensures we’re taking full advantage to make a difference is our commitment to be an intentional leader.
Becoming an intentional leader requires you to consistently ask yourself questions like:
· Will I decide to take 30 minutes to invest in others today? · Will I make a plan for mentoring others instead of waiting for someone to ask me? · Will I focus on living in the now, stopping to recognize when someone needs help? · Will I help others unlock success through relationships? · Will I use my influence to make someone else’s life better?
A leader’s impact essentially comes down to one word: intentionality. Your decision to be purposeful about investing in people is what makes the difference when it comes to your impact and legacy as a leader.
The best thing to do if you want to ensure your legacy as a leader is to make the commitment today to be intentional about investing in others. If you’re not currently leading anyone, make the decision to be an intentional leader when you reach that point. If you think you’ve done a horrible job investing in others in the past, identify just one way you can intentionally invest in someone else tomorrow.
Who are some leaders you know who have made the decision to be intentional about investing in others? What qualities did they possess? How has that impacted their ability to make a difference?