The teachers we remember from our youth are the ones who took time for us. If you accurately remember that time, it was rare that they would spend hours with you each day. There are many children in the average public school classroom. It is probable that they only took a few moments to work with you. However, we remember those people as, “the ones who took time for me and made me feel important”.
Leadership is extremely simple, but it’s the simple things that can become extremely hard to start. However, once started, the habits begin to change and you begin to see the harvest from the sowed seeds I referred to on Monday.
Much like the teachers of your youth who took time for you, leaders have the opportunity to see how taking a little time out of their day for others can make massive amounts of difference in their team.
Hopefully you took the challenge this past week. Hopefully you weren’t disappointed. Leadership is not about immediate results. As the author John Maxwell states, “leaders are made daily, not in a day”. The seeds of leadership take time to sow and time to grow. Fortunately, the harvest isn’t only at the end. The moment you put others before yourself is the moment you separate yourself from the the crowd and start walking the higher road of leadership. It’s the moment you harvest the internal satisfaction that you made today about someone other than just yourself.