This is the first in a series of articles called 10 Secrets of Highly Effective Leaders.
Over the last 20 years of working with CEOs, Directors, Managers and Team Leaders I’ve observed that the most effective leaders take a series of steps that others don’t - steps that every people leader could take to immediately elevate their leadership capability and career.
I’ve built a leadership program based on these secret steps, called Elevate in 90-Days.
The first secret/lesson is self-leadership, where a leader strategically drives their own development, builds their own network, sets and revisits goals, has an evolving purpose-driven plan that ignites both them and the team and doesn’t sit back waiting for the business to do this for them.
I find that many leaders don’t realise they can lead themselves, unaware they have the power to build their capability, brand, impact, career opportunities and respect for them as a leader in the business. Instead they sit back, complacently waiting for management or the organisational development team to do the work for them and provide opportunities for them to elevate their capability and their career.
Of the leaders who want to drive their own development, most get stuck in the busy day-to-day of meetings, deadlines, email and people issues. Although they want to lead themselves, they can’t seem to prioritise the time to regularly step back to take a strategic view of themselves, their career, their development or their team, let alone take the critical action required to elevate.
In the meantime a select few get ahead.
I invite you to consider, are you leading you?
Do you have strategic thinking and planning time allocated in your calendar on a regular basis?
How often do you pause to consider who you are, what you want, to redefine your values or reflect on your passions?
Do you have goals?
Have you crafted your WHY statement?
Do you have a career plan that lights you up?
Do you have a development plan that will address the gaps to achieve that plan?
Do you drive conversations with management?
Do you reach out to various people around you for feedback?
Do you seek out mentors?
The opportunity is to lead you and take ownership; to drive your opportunities and your development in order for you to feel happy and fulfilled providing your greatest value to the organisation and to the people you are leading.
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In the next article I’ll share the second secret about how highly effective leaders set up their calendars.
If you’d like to learn more about how to develop yourself or leaders on your team explore Elevate in 90-Days, where I go deep into the ten secrets outlined in this series of articles.
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Author - Rachael Pickworth