With resolutions fresh on the mind, it’s important to think beyond some of the most common resolutions like losing weight, eating healthier or exercising more. Instead, start thinking about professional resolutions and aspirations like becoming a great leader.
Developing leaders within your current talent pool has become increasingly important in the past few years due to current war for talent and changes in technology. In order to stay on top, building leaders from within has become an important topic for employers and employees. According to Brandon Hall’s State of Leadership Development Survey, 84% of organizations surveyed anticipate a shortfall of leaders in the next five years. With more than over 10,000 baby boomers retiring each day, leadership development is more important than ever to sustain your business.
Leadership is one of the most important of aspects of successful business or thriving communities. Yet, the practice of leadership remains a mystery when it comes to clearly explaining what great leadership is. You know it when you see it, but what are the essential principles of great leaders in a 21st century knowledge workforce?
“Between the idea and the reality, between the motion and the act; falls the shadow.”
If someone asked you what your goals are for 2019, would you be able to list off a few or would you need time to actually sit down and set some goals? There are different types of goals you can set as an individual, with your team, or for your organization. Goals don’t have to be long-term only; you can have daily, weekly, agile bi-weekly, monthly, or quarterly goals.
Whether your goals are short-term or long-term, taking time to set and initiate them is the first step to achieving them, and will help you perform at a higher level, both professionally and personally. When it comes to practicing effective leadership, setting and initiating good goals is essential. An effective leadership plan consists of creating goals and collaborating with others to achieve them.
You don’t have to be George Washington to be a successful leader. When you think of great leaders, do you think of people like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Steve Jobs? Or do you think of people like Abraham Lincoln and Rosa Parks?
If you were asked about a person who made an impact on you professionally (or personally), you would probably choose someone who was inspiring. Maybe it was a teacher from high school, a sports coach or a previous manager at an old job. Their lessons and advice have stuck with you throughout your years and propelled your internal drive to succeed in life. The point is: they changed something in you. They helped make you, and the convictions that drive you, what you are today.
When preparing for leadership, it is important to consider and distinguish the components of your unique personality. In Drea Zigarmi’s Achieve Leadership Genius, these elements include your subconscious self, disposition, values and persona.
Like the great Rosetta Stone broke through language barriers, Leadership in Context could prove to breakthrough leaderships development barriers in the workplace.
Leadership development has always been an important aspect in determining the success of any organization. Without properly trained leaders, companies fall victim to mismanagement, dissatisfied employees and ultimately lack in overall company growth. Leadership development begins with establishing techniques or practices that leaders can apply when coaching individuals towards a specific goal.
Any leader knows your leadership style depends on who you’re leading. Whether you are leading yourself through something challenging or guiding an organization, context is key. So, this begs the question, what type of leader are you? Are you better as a teacher than a public speaker? Take this quiz to figure out which context you will succeed in!