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Our pursuit of growth shouldn’t end when we graduate high school or college. Nor should it end when we are bestowed with the title of leadership.

No, leaders must be intentional about their growth.

Young leaders may wonder what can they do to continue their growth. They’ve already taken the courses that were required. They’ve pursued higher education. They’ve gone to training.

Truth be told, there’s a lot we can do to continue to grow. In this post you’ll discover 6 ways leaders can continue growing.

How To Continue Growing

1. Discover Mentors: One of the quickest ways to grow is to find a mentor for your life. Leaders know there are many different areas of their lives that could use improvement. You can find mentors for almost any area of life you want to grow in.

We know great leaders continue growing even after formal education. They also help their teams to grow.

I’ve shared how to create an environment of growth before. Today, I want to take it a bit deeper and give you 5 more ways to help your team grow.

Image by Paul Bica

Image by Paul Bica

Our main goal, other than leading the organization towards it’s goal, should be to create leaders. Whether it’s to take our place or to come alongside us, we need to be growing new leaders.

The best way to do this is to help people grow. There’s many ways to do this but I want to focus on 5 ways you can help others grow.

1. Grow yourself: Jack Welch once said “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” So what does this mean? This means we need to focus on ourselves and grow. Get to the level where you know more than someone else.

Leaders are constantly trying to give feedback to their team. It’s essential that your team know whether or not what they’re doing is correct. Thus feedback has to be given.

But how often do you stop and welcome feedback as a leader? Stop and think about that…

If you’re like most leaders, you’ll discover you haven’t been receiving feedback as often as you should. Maybe not at all.

It’s easy to dismiss feedback the further up the chain you get. Whether it’s as an organizational leader or the leader of your home. The higher you rise, the harder it is to welcome feedback.

To become a great leader though, you have to be open to feedback. Feedback tells you whether or not you’re doing something right, if it’s effective, or if things need to change.

Start listening to the feedback given to you.

What do you want from your team? You want the team to excel at their job. You want the team to destroy sales records. You want them to be all-stars.

There’s a problem. You may be making this lethal leadership mistake.

Image by Zach Klein

Image by Zach Klein

What is this lethal leadership mistake, you ask. It’s a mistake I’ve seen destroy many great companies and yet leaders continue to make the same mistake over and over again.

This mistake is failing to value each individual team member.

The Lethal Leadership Mistake

When you fail to value each team member, they begin to notice. Team members begin to feel left out and unappreciated.

What this leads to is a sense that their hard work isn’t enough.

Why might they think this? Look at the way you speak to team members. Do you:

  • Criticize their performance?

One of the saddest things is a person who no longer pursues learning once they’ve graduated. Learning is put on the back burner and it’s all about enjoyment from here on out.

The statistics are shocking and sickening.

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After Graduation Learning Statistics

Here are some statistics regarding learning and reading after graduation:

  • 42% never pick up a book after college graduation
  • 80% of US families did not purchase a book in the last year
  • Your chance of income decreases drastically when you stop your continuing education

I know you’re not a statistic when it comes to learning. You’re eager to gain more knowledge and implement what you’re learning.

While you’re doing what you can to advance your skills and abilities, your team may not have the same learning mindset.