There are two things I know with certainty: Leaders are always in demand and leaders are always the highest paid.

This is true on any team and in any organization. How would you like to become a more influential and impactful leader? Good news – you can be! How? Make the commitment to improving your leadership skills.

As the brilliant Simon Sinek has said…Leadership is a choice… It’s not a title. It’s not a position. It’s not a rank. It is a conscious choice.

Why is that important?

Because you, and only you, decide whether or not you are a leader.

You may not get to choose whether you are a ‘boss’ or a ‘manager’ or a ‘director’ – but you choose whether or not you are a leader.

And for the record, no one wants to be managed.

No one wants to be bossed around.

No one wants to be directed.

People want to be led.

And a ‘player’ led team will always outperform a ‘coach’ led team in the long run. Leadership must start with each individual on the team in order to reach it’s potential and become as successful as possible.

Which means the most effective way to invest in your future is to improve your leadership skills.

And like any skill, they can be improved and developed through purposeful practice.

This starts with your own habits, behavior and modeling.

You must lead by example.

The old adage “do as I say, not as I do” will undermine you at every stop.

If you expect something from someone else, you have to expect it from yourself.

You must hold yourself accountable before you can do the same for others.

You can’t talk the talk unless you walk the walk.

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