The Leadership Pipeline

Everyone growing up wanted to lead something.  No matter where it is we all start with this desire to lead. Whether at home, work or in athletics no one grows up saying, “I hope I am picked last” or “I pray one day I will work for them.”  You see, somewhere over time the desire to lead gets sucked out of our lives.

Why do we lose the desire to excel?  That is a question I have asked over the last few weeks.  I don’t think there is a one line answer – but I believe we don’t lose it – but it gets stolen.  Something or someone robs us of the ability to dream, build, grow and become all that God has designed us to be.

The real question should be, “How do we protect our desire to dream?”

  1. Guard your words.  Don’t speak negative words over your life.  “I can’t ….” “I won’t …” “I am not good at anything.”  Encourage yourself.
  2. Watch your friends.  Make sure you surround yourself with people who are going to lift you up, not bring you down.  Get around successful people.  Place encouragers in your life.
  3. Learn everyday in every way.  If you are constantly learning you will eventually be leading.  Never stop learning. Listen to a podcast.  Read a book.  Watch a TED talk.  Go to a conference. Grow.
  4. Don’t settle.  No matter how far you go never settle.  Keep pushing the limits.  God has a huge plan for your life.  Dream dreams that no one has dreamed yet.  Build a business no one has thought of.  Establish a patent that no one has produced. Write that book.

If you do those 4 things you will cultivate a leadership pipeline where you will flow, grow and go.

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