5 Surprising Places Young Leaders Can Grow

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.

You can grow in unconventional places

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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)

15 Questions Great Leaders Ask Other Leaders

Great leaders never stop learning. That’s why great leaders never fail to ask other leaders questions about leadership.

These leaders are hungry. They want to grow. They know they can’t lead by themselves.

So they ask. And ask. Then ask some more.

Are you asking other leaders questions?

In my interview with Michael Bungay-Stanier, he brought up a great point about leaders need to be curious to coach well. I believe we can take this to the next level.

What We Can Learn From The Hard Times

Everyone will experience hard times in their lives.

These are the times when it seems like you can’t get ahead. Maybe your bills are piling up. Or it could be the initiatives you’ve launched have failed.

Hard times try us.

The hard times can be your friend

You Will Have Hard Times In Your Life

The last couple of years have felt like a mighty battle has been waged in my life.

We had to put down one dog. We’re concerned about the health of our other dog. We left a leadership position at a church (and the church itself). We had to buy 2 vehicles in one year. We had our basement flood and we had struggles with our city’s insurance company.

These hard times have weighed heavy on our hearts and minds. They’re troubling yet reassuring all at the same time.

Inch By Inch We Grow

There’s something frustrating about growing. That frustrating thing?

Growth isn’t instantly noticeable.

There’s truth behind that statement. You know it. You feel it. And, if you’re like me, you resent the fact growth takes time.

You will grow inch by inch

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Yet it’s a fact of life. Rarely will anything of worth happen instantly. Rather, growth takes time.

Give Growth Time

The world is increasingly becoming an impatient place to be.

We get angry when things take longer than we think they should. The quick meal at Burger King is ruined because it took 5 minutes to get your order rather than 2 minutes. The horns start blaring as the car at the stoplight doesn’t proceed the moment the light turned green. The anger starts rising when your new pet doesn’t catch onto the household rules.

All because we’re impatient. We’re expecting something at the drop of a dime.

Gamifying Your Personal Growth

You may be one of those that sees personal growth as a struggle. Something to be done, but it’s loathed as you’re growing.

You may say “It’s boring” or maybe “I’ve heard it a thousand times before.”

What can we do if we find ourselves stuck in a personal growth rut and unable to see our way out? One way is to begin gamifying our personal growth.

Gamifying? You’re probably asking yourself what the heck is gamification? You might even think gamifying and gamifcation aren’t even words. (They are, by the way)

What Is Gamification?

Let’s start with what is gamification? Wikipedia defines gamification as the use of game thinking and game mechanics in non-game contexts to engage users in solving problems. Gamification is applied to improve user engagement, return on investment, data quality, timeliness, and learning.

So, what does that mean?