Leadership Training: Are You a Leader Always In Training—In Your Career or Business
What Is Leadership?
You may quickly dismiss the word “leader” or leadership training as applying to someone other than yourself—certainly politicians, corporate heads or trailblazers, or someone like a Steve Jobs. These are people who obviously stand-out, they may have charisma and big ideas.
We look to leaders, we challenge and scorn them, yet we all admire and often follow a leader whose values and vision tap our desires or our own greatness. A good leader role models, articulates and invites us to be our very best.
But let’s just admit one thing—there are too few good leaders, unless you broaden your definition of being a leader and step fully into your role as one in your life and in your business world.
Are You Willing to Learn How To Lead and Do It Well?
What if I told you that you can begin your own leadership training program by first becoming conscious of who you impact and how you lead—in your life—right now?
Look around you. Look at your relationships with family, friends, colleagues, and the relationships in your business. There are many people you impact.
The questions become, not DO you lead, but more importantly:
Q. Are you willing to become good at the role of leadership in your personal life and your work life or business?
Q. Are you willing to step fully into a leadership role, bringing all your expertise, knowledge and wisdom into your relationships everyday?
Q. Are you willing to clarify your Big Picture Vision and aim your energies toward achieving that goal?
Why Leadership Training?
We all have a choice about how conscious we become and how much we choose to grow in our personal life, in our work or business skills, and in our leadership potential.
Leadership training is a continuous state of learning.
If you are bored and have stopped learning at work, or if you’re around other people who are “coasting on the job,” chances are you need to fully embrace your life and step into your leadership potential.
Good leaders create and lead better businesses.
Good leaders create more profit.
Good leaders have purpose and passion. They instill these in others around them.
Good leaders are fully aligned in their vision, values and priorities.
Their head, heart and actions are in sync. Or, mind, body and spirit work as one. They are consistent. They are not afraid to say what they think or believe. And they are typically really good listeners. They take responsibility—to get other people to a goal, to develop a new widget or biomedical cure, to raise healthy children, to bring in profits for a company or whatever their cause or mission in life may be.
Good leaders are not born. Good leaders are grown.
They never feel they know it all. Unlike so many people who perform up to a certain capacity to make an initial good impression on a “job”—enough to keep that job—but after the first year, they stop learning, growing and they never truly lead.
Many of the large, successful corporations have leadership training programs to grow individuals who show promise into future leaders. Large, successful corporations spend time and money on Executive and Management Coaching and Leadership Training to develop solid leadership skills in these individuals.
But what if you are not in a large corporation or you are not a corporate type?
What if you work in a small to medium-sized company, or you run an independent business? Are you investing in leadership training to develop your skills?
What is Leadership Training?
Leadership training to become good at what you do is a combination of mindset, tools and skills addressing:
Acquiring expertise and knowledge in your field
Developing and maintaining a Big Picture Business Vision
Turning Vision into goals and action steps
Implementing business systems and strategies to achieve the goals
In addition, leadership and leadership training is a set of intangible skills we call emotional intelligence. These are the people skills, the communication and listening capabilities that articulate your vision, but also connect others to you and your dream—these are the interpersonal skills that make people want to follow your lead.
With a desire, a commitment to learn, and the right guidance, all of these skills may be acquired or developed.
How Do I Create A Leadership Training Program For Myself?
You will hear me say this over and over again: people who rise to the top never go it alone. They have a support system, a team of people who train, coach and mentor them.
I believe in developing individuals and teams based on their strengths, their vision and values.
It would be useful to list what you want to develop and accomplish, both in business skill set and in interpersonal skills. Then to look for a coach and mentor who can help assess your strengths and areas needing alignment. From their you may develop a plan of reading, masterminding, coaching sessions and other applications that will support your strengths as you develop the skills you wish to learn.
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