“Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” James Cash Penney
A couple of weeks ago several FASTLEAD coaches got together for a “FASTLEAD breakfast”. The objective was to share ideas on how to enhance the FASTLEAD VIP site for our growing number of Fastleaders. Since the breakfast, we’ve been rapidly updating content under the 13 FASTLEAD leadership topics (take a look here if you are a participant already, or here for some sample pages if you are considering becoming a participant).
During this period, where I was personally tasked with finding resources that add to the learning on the FASTLEAD program, I became overwhelmed with the amount of information out there. Some of it was highly relevant “news you can use” for front line leaders. A lot of it was not as it was mostly consultants marketing themselves, and was much less applicable to the challenges that front line leaders (FLLs) face.
What have we learnt? There is an abundance of easily attainable information out there – as long as you have time to search for it (and the last thing front line leaders have is extra time!). All leaders can develop their capability if they prioritise some time to their learning. But you do need to be committed and focused to sift through the array of information out there. Knowing where your leadership gaps are, and searching for practical development tips is the first step. Leveraging your network is a highly valuable second step in this process – your network may have recommendations and suggestions and favourite sites and authors. The third step is practising what you have learnt.
When I shared my experience with the wider HFL team – how diving into the 13 FASTLEAD topics was both invigorating and time-consuming – we agreed development and growth will always require effort. We have tried to simplify this for our Fastleaders by providing them with easily accessible articles, videos and blogs. But in the end, it is the Fastleaders themselves who are responsible for “showing up” to their coaching sessions – physically, mentally and emotionally – and exercising willpower in between sessions.
“Leaders aren’t born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.” Vince Lombardi
Are you ready to show up?