Last year I had the privilege and opportunity to get to know Pastor Michael Kai, and I can tell you that he is an inspirational leader. I just finished reading his latest book, “That Doesn’t Just Happen,” and I highly recommend reading it if you are looking to build a culture of true excellence.

I love his title. That is so true with your personal growth and development. Your growth and your leadership development “doesn’t just happen.” You must be intentional and have a plan.

For me, it starts with asking myself these questions:

  • How will I be different next year at this time?
  • What new knowledge will I have to acquire to perfect my craft and leadership?
  • What new habits have I formed?
  • What new skills should I learn or improve?

If you lead a company, lead a team, lead a department, or if you have an opportunity to influence others, the first person you must lead is yourself. You must stretch yourself to new heights, focus more on what is important, and prioritize more to maximize your time, and that starts with being intentional about your growth.

Because the truth is, that doesn’t just happen. Thank you Pastor Mike Kai for the reminder.