In case you missed it, here is a summary of the Leadership Success Call for August 16, 2012.
Formal leadership training from an employer or from school is rare and is never enough. Leadership development is lifelong and we must take responsibility for it.
Here are some of the points we discussed:
1. Start with a mindset of self awareness
- Past: being aware of and shedding baggage from our past
- Present (starting point): our current leadership abilities, skills and shortfalls; how we effect others each day
- Future (where we want to be): we reap what we sow, but growth and development require patience
2. Establishing a solid foundation
- A solid foundation is the basis for everything we do and includes values, priorities, and overall goals
- Leadership development is just a component of personal development and should be integrated with a life plan
3. Develop solid relationships
Through self awareness we can detect most areas where we need development, but we need people to fill in the gaps and correct us where our self assessment is off.
Circles of trust
- Outside Mentors: find 1 or 2 people who are a little ahead of us
- Peers: start a Mastermind group, leadership circle, etc.
- Key 3: who we lead at work will be key in real development; give them permission to give feedback
4. Write down who we lead
- Need to be top of mind
- Develop a regular schedule to interact with them and stick to it
- How can we share what we’re learning with them in real time?
5. Determine where we need most improvement
- Will come from self reflection and our relationships
- Write them down
- Where are you, where do you want to go?
- Share them with our mentors, maybe our peer group, our spouse
- Write down specific actions to take (daily, monthly, weekly)
- Most of what we need is free and accessible!
- Classes or formal leadership development programs
- Trying things
- practice what we learn … we will make mistakes
- find little practice grounds to try things
I launched these Free, interactive sessions for leaders who want to learn, grow, and help create other leaders. People call in to offer opinions, ask questions, and inspire others to live and lead with more success.
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