Would an Athlete Practice Before Entering a Competition?

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woman_runningDuring the past 15-20 years I have met a lot of managers and leaders that just do their job day in and day out. I always ask myself; why do they not practice to become an even better leader? I read books, I read a lot of blogs, I write down things I have done good, and things I have not done good to find out what could I have done differently. I will never become good enough, and that is GREAT. This is a field that I always can improve on. Sometimes I feel alone, what do other people do? What do you do to practice your leadership skills? I would like to hear from other people that practice leadership to evolve as leaders. Do you have any good strategies? Do you have some recommended reading?

If you have a great book to recommend for me to become even better, please drop a line in the comment field.  I am still puzzled about the lack of practicing among leaders and find this hard to believe, is it just that they do not want to share their secret? Or are they just slackers?

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5 Comments on "Would an Athlete Practice Before Entering a Competition?"

  1. Frode Heimen | July 3, 2009 at 9:48 am |

    Hi Marc!

    Thank you for your interesting comment. You ask why they should. These people won’t get their promotion, because they got it all wrong. And that is why they need to wait 5-10 years or more. You cannot wait for a promotion. Just by having a promotion as a goal, you have failed your leadership intentions. As a leader you are obligated to get the best out of the people around you. You are supposed to make other people good. You are supposed to practice how you can become an even better leader, so you can produce even more good people. If you practice leadership and grow as a leader, there is nothing stopping you, and the promotion will come sooner than later. The promotion is not a goal in itself, but rather recognition of your former work as a leader. My goal is to be the best leader possible, not to take over the role of my boss. Leadership skills are something you can use every day. I am coaching my wife and motivating her to do great at her master’s degree, trying to get her to see that yes she can. You need your leadership skills in many areas of your life, in sports, in politics, in life itself. There are so many reasons why they should, not just for personal gain, but for the well being of others around them. The real question is; why shouldn’t they?

  2. “During the past 15-20 years I have met a lot of managers and leaders that just do their job day in and day out. I always ask myself; why do they not practice to become an even better leader?”

    A better question: why should they?

    Those managers/leaders, how long did it take for them to get where they are? 5 years? 10 years? If they have to wait 10 years for one promotion, god knows how long they’ll have to wait for the next one. So… why practice something they’ll never use?

  3. reading is good..
    but i rarely read.. lol =D

    kenwooi’s last blog post..Ipoh Delicacy: Nam Heong Old Town White Cafe

  4. Anonymous | June 25, 2009 at 7:37 pm |

    Weeeeeell it might be just the attitude of those leaders you briefly mentioned above.

    “I got this job, now I’m content. My education barely got me here, and I won’t do anything else now, because the salary is decent, and I get to decide things.”

    Lack of ambition, so to say. Seen it in a lot of other jobs I had.

    No book suggestion at hand, sorry. You do get a rating from me though, hope that helps. 🙂

  5. Tara Repucci | June 25, 2009 at 5:46 pm |

    Winning by Jack and Suzy Welch

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