By: Todd Lowans

About a year and a half ago I had one of those moments when you realize you’re in over your head. I looked around at what I was leading and realized I needed to become a better leader. I firmly believe in the principle that everything rises and falls on leadership. So I decided to do everything I could to raise my leadership capacity.

One of the things I implemented is a personal leadership development plan. If you do not have one in place, summer is the perfect time to start one. Please keep the following things in mind as you develop your plan. First, the plan has to be measurable. Second, it has to be time sensitive (I base mine on 6 months at a time). And finally, the plan must be realistic, if it is not, you will give up on it.

My plan:

  • Weekly coaching meetings with my leadership mentor - These meetings, more often than not, are face to face but I always at least get an extended phone call in. My mentor processes leadership challenges I’m facing with me, advises me on making decisions and most importantly, always encourages me to lead like Jesus.
  • Read 3 books on leadership - One of the best ways to become a better leader is to learn from the best. My favorite way to do this is through reading books written by leaders I admire.

                      The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell

                      The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

                      First Things First by Stephen Covey

  • Ask for feedback - Every week I ask a volunteer, peer, subordinate or supervisor for honest feedback on what I can do better. The important part of this is to actually listen and consider what they say, then implement where appropriate.

This is my plan that I have chosen to intentionally implement. This summer I encourage you to formulate your own personal leadership plan, and strive to be a better leader.

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