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Lifelong Leadership

February 16, 2018

There are as many definitions of leadership as there are leaders, and they continue to evolve over time.  Each day provides leadership opportunities and leadership lessons.

We’ve been learning about leadership since childhood, responding to how family members, teachers, coaches and others in our lives lead.  As adults, we’re more consciously recognizing leadership lessons. They appear in meetings and classes, during conversations, while reading and watching others. Some of these insights stay with us, others slip away over time.

Lifelong LeadershipHow do you hold onto your leadership lessons, so you can tap into them when you need them?

I’ve built a habit of writing mine down in a personal sourcebook, compiling an evolving collection of insights and references that support my success.

Why write them down, versus efficiently keyboarding into a file?

The process of writing and returning to what I’ve written helps me slow down and reflect, ingraining and extending what I’m learning.

The more you can and want to lead, the more important this becomes. Everyone from yesterday’s Marie Curie and Leonardo DaVinci to today’s leaders across countless fields quietly hone their effectiveness this way.

I’ve created a version of this sourcebook for others to use as well. It’s easy to pick up and put down, updating and cross pollinating the insights that matter to you.  Many of my clients, colleagues and fellow coaches are using this tool.  If you’d also like to, you can find it here.

So what does your definition of leadership include? What insights shape your ability to have a stronger, more positive leadership impact? While the answers to questions like these are distinctive to each leader, the practice of pausing to note, consider and find new ways to apply what we’re learning over time helps us all.

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