3 things you must do to grow as a leader
“The more intentional you are about your leadership growth, the greater your potential for becoming the leader you’re capable of being. Never stop learning” — John C. Maxwell
Needless to say, growth is critical regardless of who you are, what you do and where you live. And, when it comes to leaders it becomes even more important due to other people directly associated with them (your followers).
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In their book, Great Leaders Grow: Becoming a Leader for Life, authors Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller say in the introduction, “The path to increased influence, impact, and leadership effectiveness is paved with personal growth. Our capacity to grow determines our capacity to lead. It’s really that simple”. The authors also say, “Growing, for great leaders, is like breathing. It is not optional. It is not something you do in addition to your real job”.
So, you must continuously grow as a leader to become a role model for others. Now the question arises what to do for improving your leadership skills. In this post, I have come up with 3 things that will certainly help you become a better leader day by day. Take a look -
- Learn continuously
In their book, Ken and Mark also talk about the significance of learning. They say, “If I stop learning, I stop leading. My capacity to learn determines my capacity to lead”. You must also know which areas are to be focused more on. A research by Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) says that growth of leaders can be ensured by 70:20:10 model. It’s a pretty simple approach to help you grow your leadership skills.
The study says that when it comes to learning, challenging assignments play 70% role among all the learning ways for leaders. On the other hand, developmental relationships count for 20%. And, surprisingly, formal training got only 10% for helping leaders learn. So, make learning a habit, but keep your focus on what actually makes difference.
- Pen your goals
In a study carried out at Dominican University, researchers found that people who penned their goals accomplished more than who didn’t. Dr. Gail Matthews, who is a psychology professor at the Dominican University in California, found that those who pen their goals are 42% more likely to accomplish their goals.
Noah J. Goldstein, Steve J. Martin, Robert Cialdini, who authored, Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive, say in their book, “Why might writing down our goals be so effective at strengthening our commitments? Put simply, commitments that are made actively have more staying power than those that are made passively”. The conclusion is before working toward your goals, make sure to take a pen and notepad to write down the goals on your mind.
- Find a mentor
In a survey carried out by MicroMentor, mentored businesses were found to have increased their revenue by 83%. On the other hand, there was only 16% rise in revenue of non-mentored businesses. In addition, the research showed that more mentored businesses were able to survive and start up than the non-mentored ones. What I want to say here is that having a mentor is greatly helpful in improving your performance.
The biggest advantage of mentors is that they assist you in learning from ups and downs faster. An article published on Fast Company explains why a mentor is needed to grow as a leader. Mack Tilling, the cofounder and CEO of Instill Corp.,“Mentors help you see things in a way that you might not have thought about. They’ve all been there many times before, often under diverse and challenging circumstances”. So, by now you must have understood why you need one.
A research by Development Dimensions International (DDI) says that there’s lack of quality leaders in corporations, universities, governments, and global development organizations. Another study by The World Economic Forum (WEF) titled “Outlook on the Global Agenda 2015” also found that there’s hardly any improvement in quality of leaders. In the study, 86% of the surveyed experts firmly believe that there’s global ‘leadership crisis’.
Being a leader, it becomes your responsibility to become better and play a part in filling the gap between organizations and quality leaders. So, keep working hard and smart to become one of the great leaders world has shortage of.
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Sandeep Kashyap is the Founder of ProofHub — a leading project management and collaboration software. A passionate leader, Sandeep is always on the lookout for innovative ideas about filling the communication gap between groups, teams and companies. He is also a featured writer on LinkedIn and a contributing author at YourStory. You can connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
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