Leaders develop proficiency from a lifetime of experiences. Many of these experiences occur initially upon becoming subject matter experts, such as IT technician, tax attorney, or financial advisor, to name a few.
Your leadership expertise develops as an outgrowth of these experiences. Keep in mind, though, that most people are not trained in what it is to be a leader. Many stumble into leadership and do what they think they are supposed to do in this new role.
Those who see the benefit in leadership development will encourage both their experienced as well as up-and-coming leaders into leadership programs. Like any set of skills that you want to develop, exposure to new ideas and practice are always beneficial.
If you see yourself as a potential leader but don’t have the benefit of a company offering, don’t wait around. Search for something that you can take advantage of right away.
The more you develop as leaders, the better your companies will be. Your people will become more engaged because they feel valued. And, of course, this benefit of this engagement flows directly to how they interact with your clients.
Ineffective leaders, on the other hand, have a neutral or negative impact on their employees. People who work for these leaders are only working at a J-O-B, something that serves to pay the bills, not a platform to develop expertise and explore potential.
The current environment of “The Great Resignation” necessitates the importance of great leadership more than ever. Strong leaders keep people engaged, encourage great work, and support continuous development.
Improving your leadership skills can make an immediate difference with your team and have a positive impact on your clients. If you want to discuss this further, please feel free to reach to me.
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