🌼7 Simple Ways You Can Become a Better Person and Leader(AMAZING WISDOM)
Focus on what you can control — your personal development
7 simple ways you can become a better person and leader
“Do not bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.” — William Faulkner, an American author
Are you taking control of your professional growth?
If you do, you can become a better person and leader.
There are many things in life you can’t control, such as the mindset of others, people’s choices, and change. For example, getting a promotion or raise at work. Only your boss and their boss can control that decision.
However, there are many things you can control, such as how you treat others, your productivity, and your attitude.
Becoming a better person and leader is about personal and professional growth.
It is best to control what you can. Focus on what factors you can control in your personal and professional life.
Here are seven things you can do to become a better person and leader.
Self-improvement enhances your strengths and strengthens relationships. Make time every week to improve yourself.
To focus on self-improvement, you can:
Read books and articles
Research new topics in your field of work
Learn new skills
Try something new or wake up an hour earlier
Take the time to develop your talents. Focus on developing hard skills, such as technical skills, and soft skills, such as communication, time management, and people skills.
“The way we spend our time defines who we are.” — Jonathan Estrin, a TV producer, writer, and director
Productivity is organizing your responsibilities, goals, and daily routines. When you are productive, you consistently complete crucial tasks promptly. You build systems in your life that help you prioritize what’s critical to your success.
You can control how productive you are or if you procrastinate. You can’t manage other people’s productivity, but you can control yours. Figure out what’s important and urgent and work on those jobs first.
“What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.” — Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th president of the United States
3. Work Ethic
A strong work ethic is about being a model for others, so they see the right way of working. It’s about having a blue-collar and white-collar work ethic.
A blue-collar work ethic: a work ethic that is perceived to make less money, gets their hands dirty with manual labor, and has less high education.
A white-collar work ethic: a work ethic that is perceived as making more money, working behind a desk, and having more education, such as a master’s degree.
A strong work ethic ensures you exceed your peers in achieving goals. A work ethic is something you can control. It’s about feeling motivated to work and being proud to contribute.
You can choose what type of work ethic you have (blue-collar, white-collar, or both) and how strong it is. You make a decision daily if you work harder and smarter than others.
“A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. It is a catalyst, and it sparks extraordinary results.” — Wade Boggs, an American former professional baseball third baseman
Attitude is essential because it influences your ability to be effective in today’s world. If you maintain a positive attitude, you can achieve measurable success in your personal and professional life.
You can control how you approach situations. You have the choice to be enthusiastic or not. You can come across as annoyed or not. Take control of your attitude and influence outcomes positively. With a positive attitude, you can complete tasks faster and more effectively.
5. Treating Others
“See the light in others, and treat them as if that is all you see.” — Wayne Dyer, an American author and motivational speaker
How do you treat others? Each day is a new opportunity to control how you act. You own how kind or mean you are to others. By showing respect to others, you build strong and positive relationships.
You can show appreciation to others, and they can help you or not. The choice is yours. Others can help you along your journey, or you can push them away.
Take time to sharpen your saw every day. Sharpening the saw means you have a balanced program for taking care of yourself.
“We must never be too busy to take time to sharpen the saw.” — Stephen Covey, an American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker
Self-care is critical to your physical and mental well-being. To keep your saw sharp, exercise, drink enough water, get enough sleep, and strive for excellence, not perfection.
Self-care will help you better manage your stress, lower your chances of getting sick, and increase your energy throughout the day. To be a better person and leader, you must focus on taking care of yourself. It will help you think, act, and respond better to things that happen to you.
7. Support System
A support system is about having family, friends, and colleagues to turn to in times of need or crisis. They will give you a broader perspective, help you reduce stress, and encourage you to overcome life’s setbacks.
Make sure you are surrounded by people that will make you a better person and leader. If you are a leader, get an executive coach. If you are a future leader, find a mentor, develop a stronger relationship with your boss, and find a confidant at work that you can lean on during tough times
As you grow your career, you must get stretch assignments that make you grow faster. Also, it would be best if you learned how other departments at your company operate. It’s crucial to have a support group that will help you grow and stay on track.
Bringing It All Together
You can do seven things to become a better person and leader. Focus on your self-improvement, productivity, work ethic, attitude, treating others, self-care, and support system.
Many things are outside of our control or reach. That’s why you must focus on what you can control: your personal development. Take ownership of the things you can control, and you will become a better person and leader.
“You either get bitter or you get better. It’s that simple. You either take what has been dealt to you and allow it to make you a better person, or you allow it to tear you down. The choice does not belong to fate. It belongs to you.” — Josh Shipp, an American author and speaker
Contributed by Matthew Royse
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