Are you working on it? Are you intentionally doing any thing these days to become a better leader? Heck, do you even think you can be a leader?
This is much more than my own personal optimism – this is a research-based fact.
Leadership experts Bennis and Nanus wrote: “Leadership opportunities are plentiful and within reach of most people.”
At this very moment, almost everyone in the world has a chance to become a leader. They don’t just have one chance – they have many chances. The doors are open. The opportunities are many. But what are you doing about it?
Three people I can depend on for great leadership thoughts
One great thing about our era is that many brilliant leaders, thinkers and writers give away their best work to anyone who’s interested! Here’s a few people from whom I am sure to learn something new every time they put something out.
Michael Hyatt is an executive, husband, father, grandfather and blogger. He’s the former CEO of Thomas Nelson, which is one of the largest publishing houses in the US, as well the New York Times best-selling book, PLATFORM: Get Noticed in a Noisy World.
His blog, which has nearly 40,000 readers, is one of the best places to go to learn about leadership, personal development and productivity! I’m also an avid listener of his weekly podcast, “This is Your Life.” His free e-book, “Creating Your Personal Life Plan,” is the best book of its kind that I’ve read – and also the best e-book I’ve ever gotten for free. He recently removed it from his website, but if you really want it, just let me know. 😉
The best way to get into his work?
Visit http://michaelhyatt.com and join his email list!
Dr. Tim Elmore
Tim is a really friendly and really brilliant guy – a prolific writer, speaker and the president of Growing Leaders, a nonprofit that develops young leaders.
He writes an incredible FIVE days a week at his blog! Tim’s work is more focused on helping leaders grow. He’s got a sharp eye for leadership insights and often pulls great thoughts out of everyday news stories – an essential skill to write as often as he does. Besides this, he also has a podcast – it’s updated only about once a month, but he interviews some truly great leadership researchers and trainers.
The best way to get into Tim’s work?
Sign up for his emailing list at http://growingleaders.com/blog and get his free leadership book – 52 Leadership Ideas! I just re-read it this week and it is great.
At first, Seth got massively famous for talking about marketing. But nowadays, he’s gone out from there to talk about leadership, art and creativity, storytelling, education and a ton more. He’s one of the most viewed TED talkers ever – and one of the few who have more than one top-ranked TED talk!
Seth Godin writes DAILY. This is a bit crazy. Michael writes a two or three times a week. Tim writes five times a week. But daily?! He’s just got that much to give.
Seth’s writing focuses on growth, marketing, storytelling, ideas that spread and work worth doing.
The best way to get into his work?
Start with his blog at http://sethgodin.typepad.com
Or try his TED talk at http://www.ted.com/talks/seth_godin_on_the_tribes_we_lead
Stop reading this and check them out!
These are just three. There are so many more – and sorry if you knew about these guys already! But really, a little reading, thought and action every day is all that it takes.
As John C. Maxwell said, “Leadership develops daily – not in a day.”
The only question is whether you will do the daily thinking and the daily work to develop.
Will you do it?
The resources are there. The opportunities are more plentiful than they’ve ever been.
We’re just waiting for you. Go for it. We need you.
Any helpful people or sites you’re a big fan of? Share them in the comments below!