While being a continuous learner over the long term is essential to being a great leader, it is also sensible to consider your development as having a smaller and somewhat more finite scope.
Choose an area for development on a quarterly basis. Few things can be planned for a year- — but quarterly yes. And you can, of course, choose the same area in consecutive quarters if more time is needed.
Use the following to guide your choice for self development.
- What you’re best at. Surprised? Shouldn’t be! Play to your strengths and keep getting better at them.
- What your boss told you to improve or change — and be sure to use your boss’s resource suggestions first.
- What’s needed to help you achieve your personal vision – with respect to your career/work at this point in your life.
- What the organization most needs — something that would be a fresh and highly welcomed approach by your customers and clients.
And remember these tips and techniques:
- Keep learning at the forefront of your actions.
- Think “learn first” and “act second.”
- Keep an open mind and look for opportunities to learn.
- Realize others “have been there” and learn from them.
- Get feedback, seek feedback, and take feedback not just well, but seriously.