What is a 3 Minute Leader?
First, let’s start with how long does it take to become good at something – like being a leader? Some say it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert. Others site that it takes 60-65 days to develop a habit. Still, others cite that the uber successful read for 30 minutes every day.
Is it about learning, reading, watching?
Or is it about doing, repetition, action?
I’m inclined to say “yes”! It’s a bit of both.
“Why this discussion?” you may ask. Well, I’ve been largely silent on my blog for the past 2 to 3 years and I want to start writing consistently again.
Why now? Well, in that time I’ve started a business (that’s still growing), started a podcast, and started serving more often and in a greater capacity in my church. All of which required and still require me to grow as a leader. These activities have also required more of my time – something I realize more and more is something of which people feel they have less and less.
However, I know that we all have 3 minutes. It’s time we spend waiting at the doctor’s office, at a restaurant, or the moments just before we wake our computer to start the work day.
I want to write about my journey as a young (I’m 29 as of this writing) and growing leader and I want to help those of you who are traveling the same road. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting, walking beside me, or are decades into your leadership journey – we can all learn and grow from listening and sharing with one another.
I will share in bite-sized chunks as I live, learn, and lead. I will share my failures, my successes, and my utter confusion and frustration at times in the hopes that 3 minutes of my story will encourage, empower, and inspire you to keep rising in your walk.
I picked 3 minutes because I felt asking you for 3 minutes of your time was reasonable. I also picked it because it’s about 500 words for me to write regularly and that seemed reasonable to me. I also picked it because it has a nice ring to it – The 3 Minute Leader – don’t you think?!
Learning and growing in anything takes time, but it takes even longer if you’re only consuming information and not applying it. I once heard leadership author, Perry Noble, say “Information plus application equals transformation”. That phrase rings truer every day.
With that said, my hope is that you’ll not just read for 3 minutes and then go on as if nothing happened. No. I want you – I challenge you – to apply just 1 thing that came into your mind while you were reading!
The 3 Minute Leader Plan is more than just a catchy name and short read.
It’s a spark!
A jumping off point to get you to your next step!
Leadership is a marathon. Not a sprint. So, take one more step.
Go just a bit further today than you did yesterday.
Be patient just a little bit longer.
Be just a bit more clear in your instruction.
Be just a tad more empathetic with those you lead.
Anyone can become a 3 Minute Leader.
I believe you have what it takes!
Until next time… Keep Rising!
Also published on Medium.