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You Must Grow on the Job Published: Sunday, September 30, 2001 By: Dr. Manuel Ángel Morales

Regardless of any difficulties, a leader who does not grow on the job ceases to be a leader. Such remarks as “I can’t keep up with the trends, risks or challenges anymore”, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks”, “I have learned all I can in this position”, or “My job has no real challenges”, should not be representatives of real world of work possibilities. The point is that leaders never lack challenges on the job and never stop growing in their positions.

Intelligent and astute leaders realize that the more they learn now, the more ready they will be to step into a higher or more complex job when they might have to face it. Again, leaders look forward to future challenges and more complex tasks, but they never complain about the lack of present challenges. It is axiomatic that leaders make their own opportunities. One best way of making them is to keep growing, learning and striving for excellence.

For years people have cleverly asked if there is a perfect leader. While there is no such a thing as a perfect leader, there are certainly some very good leaders in all areas of post modern life. We have seen many such people. Your can hardly miss them, for they stand out clearly from the crowd. They are not perfect, but they are different…They are capable of deploying superleadership, leading others to lead themselves. They share a learning philosophy of self-leadership, meaning systematic set of behaviors and mental strategies for leading themselves to higher performance and effectiveness.

What is it that makes them different? They have broad range of talents (urge for action, positive self-image, self-confidence, decisiveness, sound judgement, empathy, sociability, knowledgeable, communication, thinking young, finesse, well-defined set of values, tenacity, courage). Great leaders are powerful thinkers, thus brilliantly endowed individuals.

But more important for leaders, is the ability to blend many of their capabilities and accomplishments into an integrated whole, showing clear signs and expressions of universal wisdom. The case is for using many of their attributes concurrently. When blending many of the competencies they posses, leaders start showing their characteristics of finesse. As the leaders acquire more and more skills, more and more knowledge, they really do change perceptively. Success leads to success. They gain wisdom and confidence to embrace with sophistication the challenges they may faced.

It is important for leaders to learn and think more. It is of even greater importance to put these skills to constructive use. If leadership is the highest goal of power thinkers, then the highest goal of leadership unquestionably is to create a better life for themselves, their families, their friends, their business associates, and the world around them. That is the real goal for tomorrow’s leaders.

So if you want to be a leader, or if you are an already distinguished leader wanting to enhance your profoundness as a human being, and as a key organizational actor, please dare to join the circle of wisdom. But remember do only things you truly love. For any important thing in life there is a need to couple it with your gifts, passion and human values.


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