Leadership is rarely a position that you’re ready for when you walk into the role. Many times, young leaders are thrust into the role of leadership well before they’ve had time to prepare.
That’s a scary proposition. And many leaders bow out before their time is done.
Being in a position you’re not ready for can wear you down. It can break you. You will want to quit.
But that’s because you’re not prepared. It doesn’t mean you can’t become prepared.
Abraham Lincoln is often credited with saying:
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.
Did good old Abe Lincoln really say this? I’m not sure.
What I am sure about is that the quote is still valid. And preparation is something we must do regularly.