I frequently tell a story about how my daily physical training in the Army allowed me to run a marathon on a whim when I was in my twenties. My consistent regimen led to freedom of action. In order to become a great runner, you must have a habit of running and follow a consistent regimen. All marathon training programs have you run multiple times each week over a period of weeks or months.
This is why my book and all of our training revolves around daily training over a period of weeks. When clients ask if they can extend the training out over longer periods than “The Five-Week” in The Five-Week Leadership Challenge would imply, I tell them that the important part is that they have a consistent regimen, rather than whether they do it seven days a week or four. Each daily lesson of The Five-Week Leadership Challenge is just another step. Our goal is that by the end of the challenge you will have a new leadership development habit, through which you continue to take steps along your leadership journey for the rest of your life.
This week’s tool and video are designed to help you identify what steps you can take throughout the week to keep investing in yourself as a leader and start a personal development rhythm. The tool outlines eight leadership development areas ranging from delivering results to communicating effectively. The tool also outlines three delivery formats: listen, read, and watch. Use the tool to identify the days of the week when you moving in the right direction. will be investing in yourself and then determine the focus area and delivery format for each selected day.
Patrick Leddin, PhD is a speaker, global leadership consultant, and The Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Five-Week Leadership Challenge. Patrick is an Associate Professor at Vanderbilt University with a thriving leadership blog and podcast, and 25-years of leadership experience. He offers an unparalleled mix of academic rigor and real-world experience.