Leaders are made, not born

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Legendary coach Vince Lombardi once said, “Leaders are made, they are not born.”  Here’s a guy who knows what he’s talking about. He was the head coach and general manager of the Green Bay Packers. His leadership led the team to three NFL championships and to victories in Super Bowls I and II. He was a national symbol of what it takes to win. Because he believed that leadership is made and not some inherent quality is given at birth, he applied his beliefs on and off the football field. He believed, a team or a person defined by hard work, commitment, accountability, loyalty, and dedication will always be successful.

What defines your work life? How about your personal life? Making the decision to improve your leadership is the first step. Identify a leader you respect and take the initiative to ask for help to develop your leadership skills. Also, among a much larger list of items, consider increasing your education by reading significant books. Some time ago I made a commitment to read a new book each week. I confess I’m currently behind my goal, BUT I’m way ahead of where I’d be without the goal. Remember, leaders, are made, not born. Lean into it.

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