There has never been a better time for leaders to show their colours. Many businesses could be very much more successful than they currently are if leadership was more visible in every situation.
Ask most managers and they will insist that they show good leadership skills. But ask them what makes up those skills and how they are demonstrated, and their answers actually show they are sadly lacking in the knowledge required to improve business opportunities through actions that build on leadership authority.
No matter what career path you’ve chosen, as a professional you need to have a clear understanding of exactly what steps you’ll take in order to further enhance your capacity for success. In doing so, you must create what is known as a professional development cycle.
The development cycle you create will include five main phases. Each phase will be as detailed as you wish depending on what goal you are trying to achieve. The development cycle pertains not only to your overall life and career but to individual goals as well.
The five phases include:
• Identifying your goals,
• Determining what skills you need to obtain those goals,
• Making a plan to achieve those skills,
• Properly recording the information you learn, and
• Reviewing your progress regularly.
The more you learn the better your chances of moving forward on a successful and stable career path. You need to do as much as possible to ensure that both you and your employees are getting as much management and leadership training as possible while at the same time ensuring each individual is able to focus on his personal goals as well.
Have you been able to incorporate the development cycle into your management training routines? How do you ensure proper balance between personal professional development and the development of the company as a whole?