How many times have you heard that it's important to plug yourself into self improvement? Do you think self-improvement is important??? Your answer should be ABSOLUTELY! Have you also heard that your subconscious is really making all of your decisions for you? Do you believe that? I do without a doubt.
I strongly believe (and keep in mind this is coming from the book of Kami ;) ) that in order to help others you have to help yourself first. We're programmed to believe whatever it is we currently believe from everything we've been exposed to in our lives. So, with that in mind I believe that what you think about and spend your time doing is what you get out of your life. What are you reading everyday? Who are you listening to everyday? Who do you hang out with on a consistent basis? Are the things you're doing each day building you, keeping you stagnant or breaking you down???? It's important that you recognize what's happening in your life.
If your intention is to be a leader and help others, you must first believe in yourself and in what you're trying to teach. If you try to coach others and you don't have those two elements, no one is going to follow you.
I encourage you to feed your mind. Read a good book everyday, and I don't mean a novel. I'm a sucker for a good novel but it certainly isn't helping me to improve myself. Read something positive, something that makes you think about improving yourself and the direction your going in life. Read something that empowers you. If you aren't a reader I highly encourage you to become one. Read a chapter a day if that's what it takes to get started. Listen to and surround yourself by successful people that encourage you to be better. Surround yourself around positive people that believe in themselves and in you.
If you do these things I have no doubt that your life will improve in every area of your life and it'll help you to move forward in a positive direction and to become the leader and example that you want to be.