You know you’ve got to grow as a leader or you’ll become stagnant. And you know there’s places to grow.
The problem is, you don’t know where those places are.
I’ve got good news for you today. I’m going to share with you 5 surprising places young leaders can grow. They’re a little unconventional (or unknown if you’re not in the know).
1. Local organizations: As a leader, you probably realize there’s local organizations like the chamber of commerce that can help you grow. But there’s more organizations than just the chamber.
You might want to check out your local
Young Urban Professionals group (I knew about larger organizations but was surprised to find out there was a local organization dedicated to young professionals)
Score Organization (Previously Service Corps of Retired Executives)
Toastmasters International (Learn how to speak well and give better presentations) Read more...
There are a lot of sparkly things out there to get our attention. From the latest productivity app to the newest course by the big name leader to the latest and greatest book on leadership, there’s always something vying for our attention.
Most of the time we give in. We grab the shiny, new object and adore it. Until we’re finished…
Then we put it aside.
We close the book. We forget what we read. We move on.
We watch the video course. We absorb a little information. We move on.
We play with the app. We get bored. We move on.
Wash, rinse repeat.
We Like Shiny And New
The shiny objects are fun.
They promise to make us more productive or to increase our knowledge. They beckon us with their sexy covers or smooth promises. Read more...
When we look at the world around us, we often see a limited view. Especially when it comes to the area we live in.
We see opportunity everywhere. You might think living in Hawaii will change your life. It might but, then again, it might not. You might think moving to Nashville will bring you success. Will it really?
There’s more to our success than where we live…
There’s an old story about a college professor talking to the incoming freshmen. The story goes:
“Suppose that by paying a modest sum you would be given a permit to go into the largest most luxurious store in the world and help yourself to everything- diamonds, watches, expensive clothing, the best of everything, with the only limit being what you could carry away in a 4-year period… Read more...
No leader will ever be perfect. There’s always room for improvement.
And any wise leader will tell you they’re always looking for ways to improve.
Those same wise leaders will also tell you there are actions they take on a daily basis that makes them lead better.
They nice thing about these actions, they’re simple things you can do. You just have to implement them.
4 Actions To Lead Better
- Listen: Great leaders know there is power in listening to others. Shutting your mouth and opening your ears can pay great dividends.
When you listen, you’ll hear your team tell you what’s not working in the organization or areas that can be improved. When you listen to your customers, you’ll hear new product ideas and pain points you can attend to.
Listening opens up new possibilities to your leadership. Open your ears and hear the difference.
There are many things in life I wish I could do over. But I can’t.
The past is the past and there’s no changing it.
People will go so far as to say that we shouldn’t reflect on the past. It’s done and over with.
No use crying over spilled milk. Or so the saying goes.
The Wrong Attitude
From my experience, this is the wrong attitude to carry in life. Moving on from the past and never analyzing the past is a disaster waiting to happen.
There’s another saying:
Those who fail to learn from the past are doomed to repeat it.
My belief is this quote on the past is a better mantra to carry on in life.
Get rid of the wrong attitude on the past. Take a new view on the past. Read more...