I desire to produce more! This statement is one that I hear continually. The very nature of leadership itself moves you to desire to operate at a higher level; to see more results; to produce at a greater rate. Several observations must be considered if greater production is what we desire.
First, greater output will require greater input. You can only give what you have. While this may seem basic, this very concept is where many leaders hit a ceiling in their effectiveness. When we desire to produce at a greater level, we must begin by looking at the input of our lives first. What personal plan do you have in place to increase the level of input you receive? What blogs/books do you read? What people do you spend time with? Whose voice do you listen to the most? When was the last time you intentionally listened to something new? The answer to these questions will help you to determine whether the current level of input is sufficient for the output you desire.
Secondly, greater output will require a greater capacity! Your ability to increase your learning capacity will determine your ability to be more. Two vehicles may get the same miles per gallon, but the vehicle with the larger gas tank will go further! Your capacity is therefore directly linked to your ability. The good news is that all of us have the ability to expand our capacity as leaders, which leads me to my third point.
Third, expanding our capacity as a leader will require us to grow. The only way you can expand your capacity is if you are willing to stretch yourself and grow. Play it safe leaders rarely operate at the capacity they are capable of because they are always concerned about the question, What if? What if it falls apart? What if I fail? What if I don’t like the new reality? Too many leaders have allowed their growth to be stunted out of the fear of what if?
Last, a new expanded capacity presents a new reality. The leader that expands his capacity will have to learn to grow into his new reality, thereby producing more. The longer the leader fails to internalize growth into his DNA after being stretched, the greater the risk the leader will never grow.