During a recent three-hour car ride, I had time to think about the people in my world, especially those who have significantly affected my career and life.
I reflected on many of my neighbors and friends, relatives and family members, former schoolteachers, bosses, and co-workers, and even the occasional stranger.
It was a gratifying and inspiring exercise.
I then shifted my focus to what difference I was making in the lives of others. What was I doing? Did I have more to give? Was I doing enough?
Yes, I was making a difference, I realized. But I could always do more.
Reflect on the difference you are making in the lives of those you touch and adjust as needed.
To get started, consider these questions:
- How active are you in developing the next generation of leaders in your company? What else can you do to make a difference?
- How active are you in developing the next generation of leaders in your industry? What else can you do to make a difference?
- How plentiful and effective are your mentoring efforts? What else can you do to make a difference?
- How have you shown that you are looking out for your team or individuals on your team? What else can you do to make a difference?
- Will you, your message, your work, your guidance, your leadership be remembered 20 years from now? If it is, then you are clearly making a difference.
As a leader, you are in an influential position to positively affect people in your world.
I encourage you to make the most of this opportunity.